World of Books Group have released their second annual Impact Report, telling the story of their social and environmental achievements over the last year and outlining their plans for their next chapter. The business has used this report to officially announce their plan to be a carbon neutral business by 2022 – a huge step on their journey to Net Zero by 2030.
The B Corp certified business was founded on an ethos to do good, support charities and protect the planet – and their commitment to be carbon neutral by 2022 is only possible thanks to years of work adapting their operations to reduce emissions. Last year, the business met their ambitious pledge to reduce their carbon footprint for each book sold by 30%, paving the way for their journey to carbon neutrality.
Amy Greenacre, Head of Impact, said: “Challenge and change is inevitable, but it causes us to adapt and continually improve – to be the change we seek in the world. As the world around us is changing, our sense of responsibility, purpose and drive to make a difference remains the same. Climate change is a real and imminent threat to our planet, so we’re always taking action to reduce our carbon footprint and are now able to pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2022.”
Over the last two decades the business has grown from a start-up to being pioneers of the circular economy. Committed to reducing waste, in the last year over 20,000 tonnes of books were responsibly recycled and the business saved the equivalent of over 26,000 tonnes of new paper through the resale and recycling of used books. The business also made payments of over £1.4 million to charities for unsold books and media during a particularly difficult year for the sector.
Simon Downes, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, said: “From the very beginning, the ethos of our business has been to balance profit with purpose. Through supporting charities, saving goods from waste and building a business on the concept of the circular economy – it has always been important for us to play our part in supporting communities and protecting the planet. We realised very early on that it is the responsibility of everyone – not just governments, NGOs and charities – to work to build a sustainable future.”
Graham Bell, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re proud to have helped people navigate these strange and strained times with books that have provided escapism, access to education and wellbeing whilst continuing to support our people and make progress in regards to social and environmental impact. We’re excited to share our latest Impact Report which showcases the many ways in which we have taken action and pioneered, at times against the odds”
World of Books Group’s Social and Environmental Impact Report is now available to view here.