The Commitment of Pearson Canada
Pearson Canada Inc. is the Canadian market leader in education, education technology, and consumer publishing. Through our Higher Education, School K-12 and Penguin Group (Canada) divisions, our goal is to help our customers to “live and learn” by enhancing their learning, reading and work-life experiences.
Pearson Canada’s investment in authors, innovative technologies, and a personalized approach to student learning and professional development for teachers has set new standards in the industry, signifying our commitment to produce high-quality content, products, solutions and services.
Pearson Canada is home to many award-winning and bestselling literary and academic authors. This elite group includes some of the greatest thinkers of our time. From the earliest learner, through to post-secondary and beyond — we inform, educate and entertain.
Pearson is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, consumer publishing, and business information, focusing on education in the broadest sense of the word. It has more than 34,000 employees based in more than 60 countries, including approximately 660 people in three locations across Canada.
Pearson is home to many of the most respected and renowned publishing brands, including Penguin, Viking, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Allyn & Bacon, and Longman. Our imprints have earned the trust of professionals, educators, students, and general readers alike for our commitment to quality, integrity, and independence of thought. Through our Higher Education, School, and Penguin divisions, Pearson Canada distributes and publishes acclaimed fiction and nonfiction as well as leading educational resources in print and digital formats across the full Canadian curriculum. We are proud to publish bestselling and renowned Canadian authors in literature and children’s books, computers and business, as well as elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education. Our innovative digital products, ranging from multimedia learning applications to interactive media, have made us leaders in value-added technology.
Like our authors, our customers are smart and forward-thinking. We work hard to earn their trust as a provider of high quality content and services. We make every effort to help people live and learn, in the company of good books and rewarding media.
Each year all Pearson Canada employees join together during Charity Week to raise money for non-profit organizations that benefit our community. During this week, the funds we raise grow larger as our group grows stronger. Fun and often high-spirited events make for a rewarding week for everyone. Some of the fundraising events that contribute to Charity Week at Pearson Canada include silent auctions, bake sales, hallway golf, departmental coin challenges, office decorating, and the internally famous live auctions with the CEO as auctioneer. Our biggest event of the week is the Charity Book Sale. Organized and run by employees and their families, the sale draws big crowds each year to our distribution centre.
Last year we exceeded our goal of raising $100,000 for charity! We divide these proceeds among local charities selected each year by our fundraising committee.
Fundraising for community, health, and other life-improving institutions continues beyond Charity Week. Every Fall teams representing our various locations compete in other fundraising events such as the Terry Fox Run or The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Run For The Cure to help raise money for cancer research.
Employees are also encouraged to volunteer in the community for a day, instead of coming to work, for the annual Day of Caring. The activities vary from year to year, ranging from tree planting to visiting the elderly. Some recent volunteering has included:
- Habitat for Humanity—Employees helped out at Habitat's Restore stores
- David Busby Center—Employees built shelves, cleaned, and donated cleaning supplies
- Salvation Army—Employees helped collect and sort donations for the annual Toy Drive
- Girl Guides of Canada—Employees cleaned Camp Tewateno, repaired cabins, contributed landscaping duties, and more
Leading Technologies in Education
We embrace new technologies that allow us to meet the needs of instructors and students. Pearson Education, comprising our educational divisions, is the global leader in online learning with thousands of textbook Companion Websites and millions of registered users each year. Our commitment to early adoption of technology wherever it furthers learning means that we are able to offer students etextbooks, audio study notes for use with MP3 players, customized editions, and print-on-demand texts. These options customize content for educators, provide lower cost options for students, and broaden the learning experience to include other media. From pre-school to high school, early learning to professional certification, our textbooks, multimedia learning tools, and testing programs help to educate more than 100 million people worldwide — more than any other private enterprise.
We are proud of the considerable role we play in the education of Canadian students. Most students will use a Pearson product during their elementary, secondary, and higher education, and literally thousands of learning resources used in Canada are Pearson publishing brands.
We are devoted full time to helping people learn. In doing so, we learn a lot about ourselves and our impact on the world around us. In 1992, we developed an environmental policy which was reviewed and updated in 2000 and again in 2004. We are setting targets to manage and reduce our environmental impact in areas under our direct control, and in areas where we can exert influence over the practices of our suppliers. We focus on managing our energy use, unsold products, waste and business travel.
The most significant environmental issues in our supply chain relate to the purchase and use of paper, the use of third-party printers and distribution. We have introduced a paper purchasing policy, and we are on target to reduce electricity and gas use levels across the company by 10% by the end of 2008. We have a company-wide, global commitment to become a climate neutral company by 2009.