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Diversity and inclusion

Our ambition is for our team, our publishing and our authors to be fully reflective of the society we live in. We actively seek different voices, perspectives and ideas. A commitment which sits at the heart of our diversity and inclusion programme, Changing the Story; one of the four pillars of our business strategy.

Changing the Story

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Our mission is to make it easy for everyone to discover new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment, and opportunity. To do this, it’s imperative that the people who work at Hachette and the authors we publish are fully representative of the world we live in. Changing the Story is our commitment to this vital work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to ensuring that we include all voices, perspectives, and ideas in our partnerships, people, and publishing. Follow the link below to read our People and Publishing Transparency Report for more details on the make-up of our business and our goals and commitments to change.
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    As part of our commitment to furthering the geographical and socio-economic make-up of the publishing industry, we partner with Northumbria University and New Writing North - an organisation aimed at empowering creative writing and reading in the North of England - for a one-year MA in Publishing. As part of this commitment, we provide a £2,000 scholarship to one highly gifted student from an under-represented background each year. Students from across the programme can take part in a work placement scheme, either with us or with New Writing North, so that they can apply their knowledge to the real world. Follow the link below to find out more.  
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Improving representation

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We have been voluntarily publishing our ethnicity pay gap since 2019, a move which saw us Shortlisted and Highly Commended that same year in the Inclusive Workplace category at the Global Equality & Diversity (GED) Awards. At the time, we pledged a representation target of 15 per cent of the total group workforce for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent within five years. And in that time, we’ve made significant progress. So much so that in 2021 we received the Inclusivity in Publishing Award from the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. Check out our Ethnicity Pay Gap Reports to find out more.
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  Since our first Gender Pay Gap Report, our board composition has changed dramatically, from one-third women to two-thirds women and, as of April 2022, the split stands at 10 women to 6 men.   In 2017, we also pledged that our population of women (66 per cent at the time) across the company would be reflected in the top pay quartile by 2020. This is a target that we are now very close to achieving at 64 per cent, and this progress – along with other initiatives – has meant that we’ve been included in The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women listing for the last three years (2020, 2021 and 2022). Check out our Gender Pay Gap Reports to find out more.  
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