Environment

Earth viewed from space.

Reducing our impact on the planet, not society.

Our learners and researchers are highly engaged in safeguarding the future of our planet, and we are committed to being part of a positive, sustainable future in which they, and the rest of society, can thrive.

Cambridge University Press & Assessment recognises the climate emergency and our responsibility to act. Our role as a leader in global education and research is to inform and progress action and debate around the world’s most pressing challenges, including the environment and climate change.

 

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Our commitments

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact across all areas of our operations. We work to support our suppliers to share our ambitions for a carbon zero supply chain, while promoting our environmental ambitions to our people, customers and partners around the world.

the United Nations (UN) Global Compact

We are a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, and we commit to upholding the principles of environmental responsibility and innovation across all our operations.

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Contributing to global goals

Our sustainability programme is aligned to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We consider our impact across a range of issues including biodiversity, water use and the consumption of resources as well as gender equality and quality eduction.

Sustainable & ethical procurement

All our suppliers must comply with our code of conduct, which reflects our business ethics. We aim to use only use legal and sustainable sources, regardless of the complexity of the production process. We use our international buying power to encourage suppliers to review their own practices, working with them to solve mutual problems and to evaluate the environmental credentials of our supply chain as part of our tendering process.

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Our publishing

Many of our authors are at the forefront of climate science, and our publishing ranges from scientific research to general books from some of the world’s highest-profile climate activists.

Some of our key climate and sustainability titles include:

The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress by Mark Jaccard Named one of the best books of 2020 for environment in the Financial Times.

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There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee ‘Mike doesn’t preach, instead he shares his insights with warmth and wit, and his book could not be more timely.’ David Shukman, BBC Science Editor.

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Global Sustainability

An open access journal dedicated to supporting the rapidly expanding area of global sustainability research. It publishes interdisciplinary research, reviews and commentaries that explore human social and economic pressures and sustainable solutions.

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Read a free sample of our climate change and environment content

Please click the link below to read some of our sample content relating to climate change and the environment.

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Many of our environmental and earth sciences titles have won a range of prestigious awards, with the most recent ones listed in our latest annual report

 

Environment publishing highlights

Our qualifications and assessments

Our content is being systematically updated or built into syllabuses, curricula and support materials to help teachers to bring environmental sustainability topics into the classroom. 

Cambridge Learner Attributes is designed to recognise students’ need to develop attitudes and life skills throughout their education

Global Perspectives series across early years, lower secondary, IGCSE and AS and A Level.  

CELTA and DELTA, benchmark qualifications for teaching English overseas, help more people access the language of climate change and sustainability. 

Our UK exam board OCR is working on a new GCSE in Natural History and we also have plans for vocational qualifications.  

 

Accreditation and awards

The passion, energy and commitment of our colleagues has resulted in external recognition from accrediation to international standards to an array of sustainability awards for Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

ISO14001 environmental management

We achieved ISO14001 certification again after an external audit in May 2022, having first achieved the international standard in 2007. To be certified to ISO14001 standard – which meets international best practice – an organisation has to prove it has considered its impact on the environment, has plans, leadership and sufficient resources in place to improve its environmental performance, and that it monitors and documents its performance to ensure it can continually improve.

IPG Sustainability Award winners

Cambridge University Press won the Independent Publishers Guild Sustainability Award two years in a row, which recognised the concrete actions we have taken to make our operations more sustainable, as well as the powerful combination of our climate change and sustainability publishing, and the energy and enthusiasm of our colleagues. We were proud to be a finalist again in 2022

Green Impact Awards 

In 2022, we achieved a Platinum Green Impact award for our UK operations in recognition of extensive efforts to promote sustainability practises at work, Silver for our Cape Town team and bronze for Madrid. Two colleagues achieved special awards, one for environment improvement for bringing our on-site allotment back in to use; and for colleagues who organise monthly climate cafes. Cambridge Assessment has previously won the Platinum Award and Cambridge University Press's environment action group gained a Bronze Award for their work to reduce the environmental footprint of University Printing House. And in a global first, colleagues in our Madrid hub were awarded the ‘Working Towards Bronze’ award.

Timber Scorecard

In 2019 the Press gained the top Timber Scorecard rating from World Wildlife Fund – a prestigious 3 Trees score recognising our work to make sure we source sustainable timber. We went from a 0 Tree score in 2015 to 3 Trees in 2019. The scheme has been discontinued.