Awards and recognitions

Pearson is committed to the long-term sustainability of its business globally. These are some of the ratings and awards received by Pearson in 2015/16.


Corporate Knights

Pearson has for a second year been included in a ranking of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. The 2016 list is drawn from over 4,600 listed global 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

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Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (World). SAM Bronze Class. Only 10% of global listed companies in the World Index are included based on their sustainability leadership.

Pearson has now been included in the indices for over a decade. Our company score for 2015 was unchanged over the previous year at 75 compared to 80 for the industry leader. However, we increased our score in 13 out of 20 of the criteria assessed and fell in three.

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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

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Pearson has participated in BITC’s Corporate Responsibility Index benchmark every year since its launch.

In 2015, our CR Index Score and Performance Star Rating was as follows:

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

Our score for diversity management fell in 2015 reflecting new questions introduced this year.

Learn more about Business in the Community Index



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 Bronze 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 three consecutive years, making our company a designated Best Place To Work for LGBT colleagues.

Learn more about the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

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, which recognizes employers who demonstrate leadership in creating a culture that supports employees at work and at home.

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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 Centennial, Colorado, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Hoboken, New Jersey, and 330 Hudson Street, New York, hold LEED Gold Certification. Together, these four buildings represent over 800,000 sq ft of space in Pearson buildings that are LEED certified.

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


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

CDP Carbon

Pearson voluntarily discloses data and information on carbon management to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

  • Disclosure Score 76 – Disclosure Score (0-100) measures the level of transparency shared through our response.
  • Performance Band C – Performance Band (A, B, C, D or E) rates how CDP views the effectiveness on how we address climate risk.

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CDP Forests

Pearson voluntarily discloses data and information on carbon management to the Carbon Disclosure Project.

  • Our overall performance band was: B (management)
  • We were assessed as A – leadership for risk assessment and measurement.

Learn more about Carbon Disclosure Forests