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UN Global Compact communication on progress

Cambridge University Press & Assessment publishes its first UN Global Compact communication on progress as a joint organisation

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Sustainability links to every part of our mission. We help millions of people worldwide unlock their potential and we spread knowledge, spark curiosity and aid understanding around the world. Through education and access to research and debate, we aim to create a better future for all.

We participate in the UN Global Compact to help guide us in improving our impact on the planet and the societies that we serve. It is the world’s largest sustainability initiative and requires participants to connect the environment with crucial values, such as human rights, social equity and working against corruption. 

On 27 April 2022 we published our first communication on progress as a joint organisation. Our report to the UN details how we are increasingly aligning ourselves with UN Global Compact principles and playing our part in meeting the challenge of sustainability by supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As we improve our potential impact, we continue to commit to navigating our changing world with a proactive approach to climate, using educational and research to help solve seemingly intractable problems and turning mitigation into ambition and action through our UN Global Compact participation.

In his foreword to the report, our chief executive Peter Philips said: “Creating a better future for all in a way that enhances, not reduces, the natural world is what we believe in, and it is what the teachers, learners and researchers whom we exist to serve rightly demand.

“We are working to reduce our environmental footprint across all our operations, products and services. That’s true from the personal – staff fill their own water and coffee cups – to the system-wide as we work towards a carbon zero supply chain.

“Our science-based targets include a commitment to a 72 per cent reduction in all energy-related emissions by 2030 and from there to reach carbon zero, where we continue to strive to find ways to beat our end date of 2048 in reaching that crucial goal.”