Simon & Schuster Goes Green
In 2007, Simon & Schuster made a firm commitment to publishing in an environmentally responsible manner. To reach the starting line, the employees from Simon & Schuster’s Supply Chain division spent many months conducting research and due diligence on a subject about which, it turned out, there is a bewildering array of conflicting information and interests. This included consulting with paper suppliers and book manufacturers to determine the actual availability of recycled fiber; sorting through many divergent perspectives regarding an alphabet soup of competing forestry certification standards; and navigating the complicated landscape of rules on the particulars of pre-and post-consumer recycling. S&S also partnered with the Green Press Initiative, an environmental advocacy group focused on publishing, which provided guidance and insight on best practices for environmentally friendly publishing.
There are other eco-friendly practices taking place at Simon & Schuster, including an electronic manuscript reading program for its editorial departments and sales division that the company estimates will reduce the number of manuscripts reproduced by at least 20,000 per year.
Carolyn Reidy, Simon & Schuster’s President and CEO notes that the company looks forward to “working with our vendors, manufacturing partners, and colleagues at other publishing houses and in other industries to create a robust marketplace for recycled fiber, to encourage responsible forest management practices, and to continue to find ways in which we can have a positive impact on the environment.
The complete Simon & Schuster Paper Policy can be viewed online at www.simonandschuster.com.
Simon & Schuster Adopts a High School
In 2006, Simon & Schuster entered into a partnership with the High School for Media and Communications in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Through the partnership, Simon & Schuster hopes to provide student’s from the school’s highly diverse population with first-hand experience of the various career opportunities available in publishing. The scope of the program encompasses field trips (to Simon & Schuster by students, and speaking engagements and workshops at the school by S&S employees), author events, mentor for a day, sponsor a book club and extend rising seniors internship opportunities.
Simon & Schuster Adopts Gives Back to the Community
Since 2003, Simon & Schuster has sponsored its annual Community Outreach Day, in which New York based employees spend a day working together in groups to help out regional charitable and civic organizations. In 2007, 150 employees pitched in to help at organizations as varied as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, Career Gear, Partnership for Parks, The Humane Society of NY, UJA Federation, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, and Project Sunshine. Simon & Schuster encourages employees to give back year round to the communities in which they live and work. When an employee gives 16 hours or more of their own time to a 501(3) organization, Simon and Schuster will give one day off the form of a personal day.
Volunteerism Opportunities: Literacy Partners, First Book, Bloomingdale Family Program, Partners in Literacy, Partners Two Together Tutorial, Grade Grabbers Tutoring Program, The Education Alliance, God’s Love We Deliver, AIDS Family Volunteer Program, AMFAR, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, Humane Society, Central Park Conservatory, Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC), Youth Service Opportunities Program (YSOP), All Stars Program, Art 4 Now, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, and Step Up.