Awards & Recognition

General Sustainability Rankings

Corporate Knights

Pearson has for a third year been included in a ranking of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Pearson was ranked 33rd. The 2017 list is drawn from over 4,000 companies with a market capitalization in excess of US$ 2 billion. The assessment covers social impact, environmental performance and corporate governance.  

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DJSI World Index

Pearson has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for over a decade and are currently the Media Sector leader. Only 10% of global listed companies are included in the World index recognized for their sustainability leadership. Our company score for 2017 was 75% and we currently hold the Silver Class.

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Pearson has been included in the FTSE4Good indices since their inception in 2000.

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Business in the Community

Pearson has participated in BITC’s Corporate Responsibility Index benchmark every year since its launch. In 2016, our CR Index Score and Performance Star Rating were as follows:

  • CR Index Score: 94% (2014: 95%)
  • CR Index Star Rating: 3.5

2016 was the final year of the CR Index.

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Employee-Related Recognition


Pearson Management Services, the company in the UK that manages our head office, is certified against ISO 18001, the international health and safety management standard.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

In June 2015, Pearson secured the RoSPA Silver Award for health and safety performance for our global operations.

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Human Rights Campaign

Pearson received a perfect score in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality in the US for four consecutive years, making our company a designated Best Place to Work for LGBT colleagues.

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Dave Thomas Foundation

Named as one of the 100 Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces in the US by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Listed in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, and participate in the Stonewall Diversity Champions program.

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Awarded the WorldatWork Work Life Seal of Distinction in 2015, which recognizes employers who demonstrate leadership in creating a culture that supports employees at work and at home.

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Environmental Certifications and Disclosures

Carbon Trust Standard

Pearson retains global certification against the Carbon Trust Standard. We were the second organization ever to secure the Carbon Trust Standard globally, which recognizes leadership in measuring, managing, and reducing year-on-year carbon emissions.

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

Pearson’s buildings in in the US — Centennial, CO, Cedar Rapids, IA, Hoboken, NJ, and our building at 330 Hudson Street, NY hold LEED Gold Certification. Together, these four LEED-certified buildings represent over 800,000 square feet of space.

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Pearson businesses in the UK and Australia are certified against ISO 14001, the international environmental management standard.

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Pearson in the UK is certified against ISO 50001, the international energy management standard.

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CDP Carbon

Pearson voluntarily discloses data and information on carbon management to the Carbon Disclosure Project. Pearson was rated in the B performance band as taking coordinated action on climate change issues.  

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CDP Forests

Pearson voluntarily discloses data and information on forest management to CDP. Pearson was rated in the B performance band as having assessed the risks related to deforestation and is measuring and managing the impacts.

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CDP Water

Pearson voluntarily discloses data and information on water management to the CDP. Pearson was rated in the C performance band as being aware of water issues and for providing a comprehensive disclosure on water issues. We do not consider water risk as material for Pearson.

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