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Simon & Schuster, Inc., a global leader in publishing, believes that in addition to our ability to change lives through the books that we champion, our actions and business practices can have a positive impact on society and help create a better, more sustainable and equitable future.
 
Social responsibility initiatives at Simon & Schuster include commitments in the areas of diversity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy.
 
“Simon & Schuster is committed to creating and sustaining a workplace whose staff is representative of the multi-faceted audiences we serve.  We look to foster and nurture a vibrant and stimulating culture of awareness and inclusion, in order that we may better identify and champion a diverse range of authors and viewpoints.” 
 
—Jonathan Karp, President & CEO
 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a leader in the publishing industry, Simon & Schuster works assiduously to include, through its publishing and in its workforce, authors and employees from underrepresented communities. We are committed to making our workforce and publishing programs a reflection of the actual multifaceted population of our society. By fostering a workplace in which diversity, equity, and inclusion are an ongoing part of the daily life and fabric of Simon & Schuster, we will ensure that we are a company that values its employees and authors, that is a welcoming and safe environment for all, willing and ready to bring to readers books that have the power to change the world.
 

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is expressed through increased focus on recruiting and staffing, retention and career development, mentoring, diversity and inclusion training for employees, and a continued emphasis on broadening our publishing lists and marketing efforts to serve underrepresented groups. In addition, Simon & Schuster awards various scholarships, and is involved in various community outreach programs that help to create awareness of publishing and help broaden the candidate pool among underrepresented groups.

 

“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is much more than an 'HR issue.' It is an essential ingredient in the design and implementation of our business and must necessarily be embedded in the day-to-day activities of our company.  True innovation requires that we reflect the world’s full diversity of individuals, opinions, and viewpoints. But it is not enough to simply include people at the table, but to amplify everyone’s voices, clear barriers, and appreciate each other for our unique backgrounds.” 

 

—Amanda Armstrong-Frank, Director, Workplace Culture & Diversity Initiatives

 

Some of our initiatives to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our business and in our culture have been long-standing, while others are new. These include:

 
IMPRINTS DEDICATED TO DIVERSITY

 

BLACK PRIVILEGE PUBLISHING led by Charlamagne tha God, to amplify Black and Brown narratives, engaging connected, culturally aware, cutting- edge audiences.

 

13A focuses on publishing renowned, relevant, and diverse voices in culture and politics. Its name refers to the amendment that abolished slavery.

 

Denene Millner Books celebrates the everyday joy of Black children and families. 

 

Salaam Reads aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.

 

Multicultural Marketing

The Multicultural Marketing department works on developing and sharing best practices for publishing multicultural works, strategizing marketing tactics and campaigns for individual titles and publishing programs, developing targeted marketing and merchandising programs, establishing relationships with key media, influencers, booksellers, and librarians, and serving as the liaison with internal and external partners to promote Simon & Schuster adult and children’s diverse publishing.

Books Like Us

The Books Like Us program is a platform for promoting our diverse titles—Books Like Us includes video content from authors sharing their inspiration for writing their books and their experiences getting published, monthly emails featuring our upcoming titles, and Live content with our authors in conversation.
 
 
 
VIDEO SERIES

 

This video series showcases our authors and employees from underrepresented groups, discussing the books that influenced them and helped them to find their own voice. 

FIRST NOVEL CONTEST

 

 

Gallery Books launched the BOOKS LIKE US First Novel Contest to facilitate accessibility to underrepresented writers and celebrate the diversity of readers across the United States. In future seasons, the Books Like Us First Novel Contest will rotate among other Simon & Schuster adult imprints.

During a two-week entry period, aspiring writers are invited and encouraged to submit twenty-five pages of an original adult novel to SimonAndSchuster.com/p/Gallery-First-Novel-Contest. At the end of the submission period, the editorial, marketing, and publicity team at the imprint, will review all submissions for originality, relevance to today’s publishing climate, and writing quality. The author of the selected novel will be awarded the opportunity to enter into a $50,000 book deal with the imprint.

This new program is designed to find new voices from those who struggle to get past the literary industry’s traditional gatekeepers, with a focus on underrepresented writers.

Kaleidoscope

 

Kaleidoscope was one of the children’s division earliest diversity initiatives. It is a diversity program that features a website and annual printed brochures. Thousands of brochures are distributed each year to teachers, librarians, booksellers, and consumers through numerous channels including educational wholesaler and retail account mailings, conferences, and trade shows.

 

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Employee-Led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Councils

Simon & Schuster has three employee-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Councils, comprised of employees from all divisions and levels of the company–one led by the UK Office, which includes employees from our offices in London, Australia, India, one in Canada, and one in the United States. 
 
The focus of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Councils are to foster a positive and inclusive work environment, identify diversity, equity, and inclusion related issues and develop recommendations and initiatives that embrace the differences of current and potential employees. It is our goal that Simon & Schuster become an employer of choice, so that both prospective employees and authors of varied backgrounds will be attracted to Simon & Schuster and view the company as a superior publisher of quality books. We strive to maintain our exceptional reputation and competitive advantage in the publishing industry.

Fostering An Inclusive Culture

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council hosts authors for employees which feature inspiring voices who help us to see beyond our own known spaces and challenge how we think. Past authors have included Zulema Arroyo Farley, Ilia Calderon, Common, Erica Dunbar, Arun Gandhi, Tim Gunn, Marc Lamont Hill, T.D. Jakes, Rachael Lippincott, Robbie Couch, Kiese Laymon, Marlee Matlin, Janet Mock, Rebecca Roanhorse, Ilyasah Shabazz, Sister Souljah, and Paula Stone Williams.

Scholarships and Philanthropy

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Donations and Volunteerism

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Sustainability

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