• Green Book Alliance

Companies are now facing a greater demand to report their environmental, social and governance propositions. In many countries this is becoming law that you have to do so. This article from McKinsey details how some companies have been doing that and what to focus on. Examples such as Walmart working together with its supply chain to reduce their overall carbon footprint, and other examples of collaboration. Also the article talks about sustainability changes companies have made that have increased their profits. All sectors, including the publishing industry as a whole could learn from this.

Click here to read 'How to make the ESG real'

  • Green Book Alliance

In collecting data for the first six months of this year for our 2022 edition of the Canadian Book Consumer Study, we’ve found that the environmental impact of the book industry matters to 56% of Canadians overall and specifically to 69% of Canadian book buyers and 66% of Canadian library book borrowers.

To get more specific, in surveying for our Canadian Leisure & Reading Study 2021, we asked Canadian print readers what they thought of three environment-focused statements about the print book

  1. I want books to be made from sustainably-sourced paper.

  2. I want to know where books are printed or shipped from.

  3. I want my books delivered in ecological-friendly packaging.

For the most part, Canadian print readers agreed or sometimes agreed with each of these statements, as shown in the graph below.

Please head to the BookNet Canada blog to learn whether the environmental impact of the book industry matters to Canadian readers.


Scholarly Kitchen has recently published an interesting article on the SDG Publishers Compact. It highlights the fact that all the publishers who have signed up to the compact are meant to publish progress reports on how they are doing. Yet we aren't seeing these reports, which is part of being a member of the compact.

Follow the link to read the full report https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2022/07/28/sdg-publishers-compact-where-do-we-stand-now/