UN Global Compact

Reed Elsevier is dedicated to being a leader in our sector recognised for:

  • profitable, ethical, innovative, business performance
  • positive engagement with stakeholders including shareholders, employees, and communities
  • enhancing the positive impact of what we do and limiting any negative consequences, including on the environment

Our support for the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) makes real this commitment to corporate responsibility. Throughout our business, we strive to advance the ten principles covering human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-bribery each day. As the Global Compact makes clear, “in this way, the private sector – in partnership with other social actors – can help realise…a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.”

As an active UNGC signatory, we are also part of the CEO Water Mandate which focuses on achieving more sustainable consumption of this essential resource. We serve on the steering group for the UNGC UK Network and lead the Communications Working Group. And over the last year we provided support for the Dutch and Eastern European networks, with in-kind support for the production of a DVD on the UNGC Leaders Summit.

This Communication on Progress reviews how we have been specifically applying the ten principles. As one of the world’s largest media companies, it reflects our interest in transparency. We share it widely on our global intranet and on this website.


2013 Communication on Progress
 2012 Communication on Progress
2011 Communication on Progress
2010 Communication on Progress
2009 Communication on Progress
2008 Communication on Progress