In 2016, we made important progress toward all three pillars of our 2020 Sustainability Plan.
Based on three pillars — being a trusted partner, reaching more learners, and shaping the future of learning — our plan is designed to strengthen our business.
We applied the Global Reporting Initiative G4 principles to help define the content of our report.
We were recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the third year and have again been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. In 2017, we were named Media Sector leader for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Demonstrated how Pearson's MyLab & Mastering and Bug Club have been effective for students from disadvantaged backgrounds or who need extra help
Set a target to publish gender pay details for our UK businesses by 2018 and extend our reporting on gender pay to cover our global operations by 2020
Launched Pearson U, including Technology Academy, to support our employees and our digital transformation
Set a target to roll out new Global Content Principles by 2020 to ensure content is appropriate, effective, and relevent for all learners, for the 21st century and beyond
Cut our absolute carbon footprint by 13.7% year-on-year.
Ranked as the #2 partner company on Kiva, with the second highest number of loans and most new users. We have made $1.3m in loans to 31,000+ Kiva borrowers in 78 countries, with 40% of Pearson employees participating globally.
Set a target to ensure that by 2020, 100% of our digital portfolio will be fully accessible to people with disabilities
Launched the Tomorrow’s Markets Incubator to benefit low-income communities, with 167 teams applying
Pledged to extend our Every Child Learning partnership with Save the Children focused on developing innovative solutions for delivering education in emergencies and conflict-affected settings
Reached 120,000+ girls in secondary school through our Camfed partnership in East Africa and awarded 567 BTEC qualifications to mentors
Doubled our Project Literacy network to 90 partners
Contributed to World Economic Forum research on innovation in education
CEO John Fallon served as a commissioner on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission
Launched partnership with IBM Watson to develop a virtual, personal tutor to improve education access and outcomes
Represented the private sector on the multi-stakeholder Global Partnership for Education for the 4th year
View the Infographic PDF