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.
We are also 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.
Contributing to global goals
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. Our actions for sustainability are 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.Find out more
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.Find out more
We are committed to being carbon zero on all energy-related emissions by 2048, with a 72 per cent reduction by 2030. We've set science-based targets for our UK electricity, gas and fleet emissions (scopes 1 & 2) and are working on science-based targets for other indirect emissions across the entire value chain such as purchased products, travel, transport and waste (scope 3). Our strategic approach to reducing our energy use and carbon emissions involves switching to greener heating and cooling systems, using more renewable energy sources, using our sites efficiently as well as actively encouraging our team to adopt energy-efficient practices.Find out more in our annual report Our carbon report 2021-22
Responsible use of resources
Alongside reducing our carbon, we have identified the need to reduce our use of paper and plastic as well as water use and potential contamination. We've already switched some of our packaging to paper and reduced the amount of plastic used in our secure packaging while we seek alternatives. We are also actively reducing our waste. Our main waste contractor for our Cambridge sites sends nothing to landfill, processing recycling and food waste sustainably and using any other waste to generate greener energy.