Responsible Publishing Report

Oxford University Press reaches teachers, learners, and researchers across the globe. Our mission is to further the University of Oxford’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. In a world that is facing the growing impacts of climate change, geopolitical upheaval, and shifting social tides, we have a deep-rooted responsibility to the communities we serve.

For the third consecutive year, OUP’s Responsible Publishing Report showcases our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, operating ethically, and supporting the communities we work with, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Publishers Compact.

This year, we…

Supported the launch of the PISA 2025 Science Framework, working alongside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

Continued our progress on the creation of the Oxford Dictionary of African American English (ODAAE). 

Offered guidance on how best to welcome and support refugee learners into the classroom.  

Reduced the use of plastic in book covers by 35 tonnes per year in India alone.  

Undertook 15 modern slavery audits across three different continents.

Recruited a network of wellbeing champions to help provide colleagues worldwide with wellbeing advice and support.

Donated over 292,000 books to charitable initiatives worldwide. 

Nigel Portwood, CEO

“OUP is a signatory of both Publishing Declares and the SDG Publishers Compact. I am pleased to share the following report with you, highlighting the progress that we have made towards our responsible publishing goals over the past year. Despite the challenges posed by the uncertain global context, our colleagues have successfully delivered impactful initiatives and activities that we believe will make a positive difference.”

 Publishing with Purpose


We inspire positive change by exploring key topics in society through our publishing, and by pursuing initiatives that promote greater accessibility, impact, and opportunity.

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 5: Gender Equality

  • Increasing representation in publishing and working with authors from under-represented backgrounds. 
  • Publishing high-quality resources to increase knowledge of gender equality and the challenges affecting women and girls.  

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

  • Delivering research and education initiatives to raise awareness of and provide opportunities to under-represented groups. 

Goal 13: Climate Action

  • Helping address climate change and support climate action through publishing trusted research and educational content.  



Sophie Goldsworthy

Director of Content Strategy and Acquisition for Research Publishing, on Oxford Intersections

In connecting original research of the highest quality across disciplines, we hope to spotlight pressing global topics, collapsing the gap between research and real-world impact and taking new work to a broad readership as quickly as possible.”

Driving change through research and education initiatives

Recording African American contributions to the evolution of the English language through the Oxford Dictionary of African American English (ODAAE). Working in collaboration with Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the project aims to create an authoritative record of African American English with evidence taken from books, newspapers, song lyrics, social media, and more. Words include cakewalk, Aunt Hagar’s children, old school, do-rag, and bussin’.


Driving discussions around how science education can encourage sustainability and environmental action with the launch of the PISA 2025 Science Framework. Developed by OUP for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the framework will support the development of the assessments taken by 15 year-olds in 2025 and influence conversations about the need to equip young people with scientific competencies that will positively impact the environment.

Tackling the widening vocabulary gap in the UK by extending the Raise a Reader initiative in continued partnership with the National Literacy Trust. Our Oxford Children’s Language Report in December 2023 showed that four in ten children have fallen behind in vocabulary development. OUP has supported ten more schools in Oxfordshire to set up dedicated libraries to address this.


Supporting refugees through education with new research for teachers. According to the UN Refugee Agency, by mid-2023, 110 million people globally had been forced to flee their homes. Many have been welcomed into classrooms across the world. To help support their learning, we published a research paper – Supporting refugees: a primer for language teachers – that provides teachers and schools with practical advice to prepare for refugee learning requirements. We also partnered with The Educational Equality Institute (TEEI) to provide free digital content to Ukrainian refugees learning English.

Helping policy and decision makers address the world’s most complex and urgent environmental, cultural, political, and psychological challenges, with the announcement of new interdisciplinary research resource, Oxford Intersections. The works currently under development include Racism by Context, AI in Society, and Social Media with more to follow.

Ben Knight

Head of Language Content, Research and Pedagogy for English Language Teaching, on research paper, Supporting Refugees

“We know that language proficiency plays an important role in refugees successfully resettling and integrating into a new country. Our paper and toolkit provide practical guidance and advice for language teachers supporting refugees in the classroom, based on insights from experts in the field.”

Fostering equity and empowerment for underrepresented groups

Working with authors from under-represented backgrounds in our Primary English and Literacy Readerful series, with 35% of Readerful authors coming from ethnically marginalized communities.

Developing knowledge about gender studies as the leading provider of gender studies content for undergraduates in North America. Most recently, we’ve published Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach 3e, and continue to publish five of the most purchased books in the introductory higher education market.

Advising on the accurate and culturally sensitive inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people — the first peoples of Australia — in national and state curricula through the First Nations Consultative Committee in Australia.

Helping early career researchers (ECRs) build their networks and get their work published by running workshops to help ECRs from diverse backgrounds to develop their skills in pitching book projects, participating in the British Academy’s ECR Network conference, and filming author videos to help demystify the publishing process.

Celebrating 100 years of music publishing with ‘Song for All’, an initiative that provided free resources to choirs worldwide, who may not otherwise have access to the materials, to learn Bob Chilcott’s Rhythm. The choirs were invited to sing together on the same day, with 340 choirs and teachers signing up to participate.

Casper Grathwohl

President of Oxford Languages, on the Oxford Dictionary of African American English

“African American English has had a profound impact on the world’s most widely spoken language, yet much of its role has been obscured. Through collaborating with the Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies at Harvard University on the Oxford Dictionary of African American English, we seek to trace and uncover this contribution, creating a vital tool for researchers, students, and scholars that reflects how African American life has influenced how we speak, and therefore who we are.”

Exploring the challenges facing society through our content

We’ve collaborated with educators, researchers, and authors to publish thousands of high-quality resources to engage with some of the most important challenges facing society. Our publishing highlights from 2023/24 include: 

Oxford International Curriculum for Sustainability

The Oxford International Curriculum for Sustainability provides a thorough, interdisciplinary approach to teaching sustainability that focuses on the importance of inspiring children about the change they can make to build a more sustainable world.

Readerful Rise

Part of our overall Readerful reading library, Readerful Rise is a new collection that aims to get struggling young readers aged 7-11 motivated through high-engagement, low-reading level books.


Our sixth Marv title, about a superhero powered by kindness and imagination, was an official World Book Day £1 book in March 2024 giving us the opportunity to get Marv into the hands of thousands of readers across the UK.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves – Second Edition

Written by and for the transgender community, this year, we sold translation rights for this anthology to Portuguese publisher A Bolha Editora (Rachel Gontijo de Araujo ME) with an agreement to distribute 800 copies without charge to LGBTQ+ organizations and public libraries in Brazil.  

Wellbeing Curriculum, India

A first of its kind in India, My Happiness and Me is a series on wellbeing, health, and life skills. The eight activity workbooks focus on the three main pillars of health and wellbeing: mental, physical, and environmental health, in support of India’s new National Curriculum Framework.

The Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature

This major new series consists of five volumes and presents three millennia of classical Chinese literature to a global audience for the first time. Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy Award-winning cellist and founder of the Silkroad arts organization, said the series “will give ​the reader deeper insight into Chinese culture and help bridge the divide ​between understanding ancient and modern China.”

Portraits of Women in International Law: New Names and Forgotten Faces

By presenting a new and diverse set of biographies of women and gender non-conforming persons, this book offers an alternative, more representative history of international law.

Fundamentals of HIV Medicine (2023 edition)

An authoritative work on the clinical care of HIV/AIDS authored by over 50 expert clinicians. We updated the latest version to include evolving research on HIV care during the COVID-19 pandemic

New Oxford Bookworms

Our English Language Teaching Readers library, Oxford Bookworms, aims to support positive societal and environmental change while improving language skills. A new Oxford Bookworm, Building a Better World, explains the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, while Women Who Made a Difference, tells the stories of women who have influenced change.

Sue Trory

Global Content Director for English Language Teaching, on Oxford Bookworms

“Like much of our English language learning content, our extensive Oxford Bookworms library is introducing learners to important subject matter about the world around them, enabling them to join global conversations and debates in English.” 

Matt Davidson

Head of International Market Development & Curriculum, Education, on sustainability education

“In recent years, children have become more concerned about our environment and teachers want help to bring sustainability into the classroom. So, we developed our new Sustainability subject for the Oxford International Curriculum. It will help teachers encourage active exploration and inspire learners to see how they can contribute to solutions—large and small—that make our planet more sustainable.”  

Operating Sustainably


We are committed to reducing our impact on the climate and nature. We put this into action by finding ways to make our own operations more efficient, and by engaging our suppliers on the environmental impacts of our publishing supply chain. 

Throughout 2023/24, we continued to work towards the three environmental sustainability targets that we set in 2021, and which we remain committed to achieving by 2025:

  • Climate: be carbon neutral from our own operations (offices, warehouses, and business travel), with the aim of achieving a 50% reduction in emissions from these sources.
  • Paper: source 100% certified sustainable paper for our print publications.
  • Waste: reduce waste, increase recycling, and achieve zero waste to landfill in locations where this is possible, for example, areas where there is sufficient energy-from-waste and recycling infrastructure

Our progress this year

90% of paper certified as sustainable 

6% reduction in carbon footprint vs previous year

85% of waste recycled

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 12:

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

  • Reducing waste and increasing recycling in our offices and warehouses
  • Focusing on sustainable design and materials
  • Engaging our suppliers in supply chain improvements

Goal 13:

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • Implementing energy efficiency measures
  • Limiting business travel and improving our car fleet

Goal 15:

Life on land

  • Increasing sustainable paper sourcing with local suppliers
  • Undertaking a biodiversity impact assessment


Reducing our carbon footprint

Our total carbon footprint for 2023[1] was 154,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), a 6% reduction versus the previous year. This reduction is primarily the result of energy savings from our offices and warehouses, as well as emissions reductions from our supply chain.

More than two thirds of our footprint is the result of greenhouse gas emissions from paper and book production. A further 10% is associated with shipping of print publications, with the remainder coming from our own operations, our use of technology, and outsourced services. In total, around 7% of our emissions are within our direct control and are the focus of our 2025 climate target[2], including:

5,600 tonnes of CO2e from energy supply for our own real estate and third-party warehouses.


4,300 tonnes of CO2e from business travel and company car use.

500 tonnes of CO2e from treatment of waste.


[1] Data referenced in this section spans the calendar year 2023, rather than the 2023/24 reporting period. Actions and initiatives referenced relate to the 2023/24 reporting period.

[2] Measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol

 We have taken a range of steps to reduce emissions from these sources.

Energy efficiency

  • We made energy efficiency improvements in several global offices and warehouses, including LED lighting, motion sensors, and improved insulation.
  • We relocated several of our teams to offices that better suit our hybrid working patterns. For example, in 2023, our New York team moved from a large, under-utilized, and energy-intensive building to a smaller and more environmentally efficient co-working space.
  • We are reducing the impact of technology, including transitioning server data storage to the cloud. We removed on-site servers from nine locations and replaced 1,000 devices with more energy efficient models.

Renewable energy

  • We source zero-carbon electricity for our Oxford office, which accounts for 15% of our total global electricity consumption from our own real estate.
  • We generate electricity through solar panels at our office in Karachi, as well as in our third-party warehouses in Spain and China.
  • We use electric forklift vehicles to transport stock within our warehouses.

Business travel 

  • We have set targets to cap business travel at 50% of pre-pandemic levels and ask colleagues to undertake business travel only when necessary.
  • We are reviewing opportunities to transition our essential user car fleet (for example, as used by our sales teams) to hybrid or electric vehicles in markets where there is a suitable charging infrastructure, including the UK and Australia.

We are also taking steps to increase our understanding of, and mitigate, our future exposure to climate risk. Since conducting a climate risk assessment in 2022, we’ve integrated climate considerations into our risk management processes and engaged our senior leadership teams to capture what climate risk means for our organization.

Sustainable publications

We rely on natural resources, such as paper, to produce our publications, and are working to source these materials sustainably.


We used around 46,000 tonnes of paper in 2023, 90% of which was certified as sustainable. We have committed to ensuring that all the paper used in our printed publications comes from certified sustainable sources by 2025 and are working closely with our suppliers to achieve this.

Having previously worked with our global suppliers on our sustainable paper requirements, in 2023 we extended this policy to local suppliers. These requirements have since been adopted in several key locations; for example, all the paper we use in Brazil and Pakistan is now certified as sustainable.



Sustainable design and materials 

We continue to assess how we can change the design and materials used in our publications to further reduce their environmental footprint. Following a workshop about sustainable design delivered by representatives from the Book Chain Project, our Product, Design, and Manufacturing teams are looking for opportunities to use more sustainable materials and to phase out high impact finishes such as glitter.

In India, the Manufacturing team has reduced the use of plastic for publication covers by around 35 tonnes per year. This has been achieved through:

  • Swapping the PVC jacket on the Oxford English Mini Dictionary – one of our bestselling products in India – for a paper-based, flexibound cover.
  • Replacing the lamination on the cover of school textbooks with aqueous varnish.

We are also assessing how we can make our marketing materials more sustainable. In 2023, our Sustainable Marketing Working Group, formed of marketers from across the organization, launched its Sustainable Marketing Guidelines for colleagues globally.




In 2023, we generated around 2,200 tonnes of waste, of which 85% was recycled. An estimated 6% of waste went to landfill, with the remainder going to energy-from-waste facilities.

We have made significant progress towards our target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2025.  Three of our locations have achieved zero waste to landfill: our Oxford office, our office in New York, USA, and our largest warehouse in Kettering, UK. Together these locations represented a quarter of all the waste generated by our operations in 2023.

We aim to ensure that recycling facilities globally follow local best practice. However, in many of the markets in which we operate, a lack of energy-from-waste facilities means that landfill will be required for the foreseeable future. In these markets the priority is to reduce waste generation.

Office waste

We have taken a series of steps to reduce waste from our offices, including:

  • A campaign to encourage colleagues in the Oxford office to bring their own cups to the on-site coffee shop, which resulted in a saving of nearly 15,000 disposable cups in the last quarter of 2023. Due to the success of this campaign, the practice is now permanent.
  • Donations of over 2,400 items of unwanted computer, printer, tablet, and mobile phone equipment to Computer Aid, Sims Recycling, and Pix Telecom.
  • The responsible disposal of 11,000 litres of assorted e-waste.
Warehouse waste

In our warehouses, actions in 2023/24 included:

  • Introducing new equipment in Kettering, UK, that stretches the shrinkwrap we use to wrap shipments of stock, reducing the amount of plastic used to protect pallets by over 60%.
  • Installing a shredder onsite in Kettering to recycle waste cardboard into in-box padding material used to protect products during shipping. As a result, we no longer need to purchase new material for this purpose.
  • Ensuring all packaging in Australia is made from recycled materials and can be recycled, with a recycling programme established for shrinkwrap and cardboard.
Stock wasting

We are committed to reducing the amount of stock that goes to waste sites, and to ensure that any publications not sold are either donated or recycled. This year, we focused on:

  • How we can increase use of print-on-demand services, where appropriate, as a way of ensuring that we only print what we need.

  • Establishing a working group focused on identifying and addressing the root causes of stock wasting.

Future focus

Conscious that the majority of our carbon footprint is the result of printing books and journals, we are preparing a long-term climate target and strategy to reduce emissions from all parts of our operations and supply chain. Our priorities will be to print only what we need, to publish digitally where appropriate, and to work with paper and print suppliers to reduce the impact of our publications.

We are also working to improve our understanding of our reliance on nature, and to identify further actions we can take to reduce our impact. In 2023 we worked with sustainability consultants Carnstone to conduct a biodiversity impact assessment which will form the basis of a longer term nature target.


Zoe Cokeliss Barsley

Director of Sustainability, Oxford University Press, on our progress against sustainability targets

“With climate change becoming an ever-increasing risk to life, it’s important that we tangibly reduce our impact on the climate and nature. I’m proud to see the progress that we’ve made against our environmental sustainability targets, with significant developments to reduce waste, use paper from certified sustainable sources, and cut our carbon footprint. Looking to the future, we’ll continue to work closely with colleagues, suppliers, and the communities we serve to identify further actions we can take to reduce our impact.”

Operating Ethically


Our Ethics and Compliance programme is designed to foster an organizational culture centred on ethical conduct wherever we operate in the world.

In 2023, we updated our Ethical Policies and made them available in 16 languages. We also updated our Partner Code of Conduct which is available in 20 languages. These documents underpin the way all colleagues and business partners work at OUP.

We maintain and actively promote a zero-tolerance stance to bribery, fraud, and other ethical misconduct, and provide a confidential Speak Up line for colleagues to report any matters that potentially fall short of our standards.


UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

  • Ethics and compliance training for all colleagues
  • Undertaking modern slavery audits across our supply base

Our focus

Modern slavery visits

In 2023, we carried out 15 modern slavery audits across our supply base, spanning three continents. Colleagues and key external partners underwent additional training to spot key signs of modern slavery. In cases where these are detected or suspected, OUP works with the third party in question to mitigate the risk.

Staff training and compliance

Our colleagues  participated in mandatory ethics and compliance training in 2023. All colleagues and contractors were required to certify that they understand and will comply with the requirements of all our Ethical Policies and Code of Conduct in our annual online refresher ethics and compliance training.


Due diligence for all new and existing business partners

All new and existing business partners are asked to work in accordance with our Partner Code of Conduct. Additional checks were also carried out where necessary to ensure we select like-minded, ethical partners.


Supporting our People


We are a global community of colleagues, linguistically and culturally diverse, and committed to creating a workplace where our differences shine, and people thrive.

We recognize that we are all unique, and that is why we are united in our goal to prioritize wellbeing, inclusion, and professional development for ourselves, our teams, and our colleagues.

Our progress this year

230+ people joined our Pathways careers programme

87% of colleagues completed global inclusion training on allyship

60 wellbeing champions were recruited

UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being

  • Supporting and promoting the mental and physical health of colleagues through global wellbeing initiatives and activities

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

  • Reducing inequality by helping underrepresented groups to grow and develop in their careers in an inclusive environment.

Professional Development

Pathways programme

We launched our new global Pathways programme, designed to help all colleagues to explore their potential and develop their careers at OUP, wherever they are in their journey. Participants are offered three learning pathways depending on their career stage, as well as hearing career stories from colleagues and learning about the different business functions at OUP. More than 230 people joined the first cohort.

Apprenticeship programmes

78 colleagues joined one of the 15 different apprenticeship programmes we offered in 2023.

Workplace coaching

We continued our Workplace Coaching Programme which has led to almost 300 partnerships since 2021. This year, there were 81 new partnerships and 94% of coachees reported that coaching supported them in achieving their goals.

Manager Coaching Circles

Around 150 managers received support through Manager Coaching Circles. This initiative offers an opportunity for colleagues to discuss common management challenges and explore different approaches in a safe, confidential environment.

ELEVATE programme

Colleagues continued to benefit from our ELEVATE programme, which supports underrepresented groups to grow and develop in their careers. Since completing the programme:

  • 47% of the participants said that they have been promoted or have received a change in role and responsibilities.
  • 73% of participants said that, following the programme, they feel ready for a more senior role.

Roberta Celeste

Group HR Director, Oxford University Press, on how we support our people

At OUP, we want people to grow and feel like they belong, which is why we continue to look for ways to better support wellbeing, inclusion, and professional development. Some of our key highlights from the past year include launching new internal development programme, Pathways, and the second phase of our flagship global inclusion programme. I truly look forward to seeing the continued benefits to colleagues as a result of these initiatives.”

Inclusion and wellbeing

Two guiding principles sit at the heart of our commitment to inclusion and wellbeing:

Inclusion first

We acknowledge our differences and actively seek diverse perspectives to make the best decisions.

Conscious diversity

We recognize and address our unconscious biases while hiring and progressing diverse talent.

Global inclusion and wellbeing initiatives

Global Inclusion Programme – from awareness to action

We launched the second phase of our flagship global inclusion programme this year with an e-learning module focusing on moving ‘from awareness to action’, helping colleagues to harness the power of active allyship. 87% of colleagues from 56 countries completed the training, with 94% saying they would recommend it to others.

Capturing diversity data

We upgraded our HR systems by creating new fields and adding more options for colleagues to choose to describe their personal characteristics. Although we recognize that updating individual profiles is a personal choice, we encourage colleagues to provide this information to help us better understand the diversity of our workforce.


Celebrating wellbeing at OUP

For the first time we marked Inclusion Week 2023 (25 September – 1 October) and World Mental Health Day (10 October) together by organizing a range of activities for colleagues. These included engaging speaker sessions as well as webinars and training about allyship. More than 3,500 colleagues worldwide took part.

Following on from this focus on wellbeing and inclusion, we recruited 60 self-nominated, CPD-accredited Wellbeing Champions from OUP offices across the world. This network will support colleagues with wellbeing advice and support.

Global menopause guidelines

Among several policies and guidance documents focused on wellbeing and inclusion that were released this year were our global menopause guidelines. The guidelines are designed to empower individuals and provide them with information, resources, and a supportive work environment, as well as offering advice for managers. Normalizing conversations about menopause through knowledge and understanding means we can create a more compassionate and accommodating workplace culture for all.

Colleague network initiatives for diversity and inclusion

We have a series of colleague-run networks across OUP, who support our diversity and inclusion initiatives. This is a selection of the activities some of our networks undertook this year.

The Disability Network


  • Hosted regular drop-in sessions where members could share their experiences and receive support on reasonable adjustments to help them thrive at OUP.
LGBTQ+ Network


  • Organized their first ever Book Club event and saw 117% increase in engagement activity.
  • During Pride month, led an art project where over 100 colleagues from the UK, South Africa, Canada, US, Australia, India, China, and Spain helped to Knit for Pride, creating a 2×2.5m Pride Progress flag tapestry.
  • Engaged colleagues in conversations and promoted transgender and non-binary inclusion through events, panel discussions, and support for OUP’s Transgender Inclusion guidelines.
Befriender Network


  • Provided confidential, informal, and one-to-one peer support for managers and colleagues experiencing a life-changing event or personal challenge that made it difficult for them to return to, or continue with, work.

Regional inclusion and wellbeing initiatives

OUP Australia

displayed informative World Pride installations to celebrate LGBTQIA+ history, held a celebration event for International Women’s Day, and continued to offer a range of activities through the local diversity and inclusion network.


OUP España

ran a focused internship programme with the Capacis Foundation for students with learning difficulties and worked with external organizations such as the Juan XXIII Foundation to embed diversity, inclusion, and wellbeing into everyday colleague experiences.

OUP Hong Kong

organized an in-house film festival showcasing different aspects of diversity and inclusion and ran a series of workshops on the topic of wellbeing.

OUP Pakistan

facilitated awareness workshops and distributed information packs on topics such as women’s safety and breast cancer. The OUP Pakistan office now has a dedicated prayer, nursing, and relaxation room for female colleagues.

OUP India

introduced a new development programme for female colleagues called Ready to Inspire, Succeed, and Excel (RISE).

OUP teams in Latin America

celebrated a dedicated annual diversity and inclusion week with sessions in Spanish and Portuguese covering topics including empowerment, ageism, and cross-generational working. In Mental Health Awareness Week, daily emails with wellbeing tips were sent and colleagues attended yoga sessions.

OUP South Africa

has a wide-ranging programme to ensure we maintain the highest level of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE). This includes an internship programme, work experience for people with disabilities, and support for African Languages freelancers.

Find out more about how we’re supporting our people

Supporting Communities


Supporting our global communities through charitable giving and colleague volunteering opportunities forms part of our commitment to operating responsibly.

As part of a charity—the University of Oxford—we donate and provide resources to charitable initiatives that align with our educational mission.


UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 4: Quality Education

  • Donating educational resources to those in need
  • Colleague volunteering to support relevant projects

Key highlights


books donated worldwide


donated worldwide

Almost 1,000

volunteering hours logged worldwide

Charitable Giving

Our charitable giving helps extend the impact we have in our global communities. In markets where we have a long-standing presence, we may also provide donations to support those affected by humanitarian or natural disasters.

Charities supporting our global mission

Book Aid International

In 2023/24, we donated over 215,000 books to Book Aid International. Our donation contributes to Book Aid International distributing 1.2 million books to 164 partners in 22 countries across the world. These books support readers in thousands of schools, libraries, universities, refugee camps, prisons, and hospitals.

Books for Africa (BFA)

Books for Africa’s objective is  to end book famine in Africa. The 1,500 books we donated were shipped to 55 countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania.


(Building East Timor Through Education/Resources)

Our donation of more than 11,000 books through BETTER in Australia played a role in aiding educational opportunities and empowering better futures in East Timor. BETTER is a pioneering leader in charitable education within East Timor, working with communities to give a ‘hand-up’ rather than a ‘handout.’ In 2023, BETTER opened the first school in East Timor that provides an international standard of education to rural children.

AVBOB Mutual Assurance Society

AVBOB and Oxford University Press Southern Africa run the Road to Literacy campaign which allows members of the public to nominate a deserving under-resourced school to receive a trolley library with OUP books. Over 8,600 books were donated as part of the 2023 campaign under the theme “The importance of reading in your mother tongue”. The trolley libraries are centred around books that will foster a love of reading whilst addressing the current literacy crisis. Each trolley library includes languages such as English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana, Siswati, Xitsonga, and isiNdebele.


Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Hong Kong Limited

We donated 3,000 books to the RMHC fundraising programme Read for Love” which engages local primary schools in Hong Kong to read and raises money for children in need.

Eureka Education Foundation

Chudar Education, an initiative run by the Eureka Education Foundation in India works towards improving the quality of education for school children from underprivileged backgrounds. Our long-standing partnership supports Chudar in running after-school centres in urban slum areas. In 2023, following a cyclone in Chennai, some of the centres were submerged in water. In response, we donated over £7,000 which helped procure education kits for affected children.

North America World Literacy Foundation

A donation of over £8,000 was made as part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia charity initiative in 2023. Since the start of our partnership in 2019, authors have agreed to waive their honorarium payments for work carried out on the Oxford Research Encyclopedias and OUP donates in the equivalent amount to the North America World Literacy Foundation. The World Literacy Foundation is on a mission to ensure that every child regardless of geographic location can acquire literacy skills and books to reach their full potential.

Christine Richardson

Director of Communications, Oxford University Press, on how we support our communities

“Every year, we work closely with the global communities we serve to make a positive difference. Whether that be donating key educational resources in line with our mission, encouraging colleagues to volunteer on community projects, or donating funds to support those affected by humanitarian or natural disasters, we are proud of the progress we continue to make to support our communities.” 


OUP encourages colleagues to take up to two volunteering days per year (three in the US) in addition to annual leave and public holidays. Volunteering time can be taken in a variety of ways, virtually or in-person, but must support education or research.

This year, our colleagues spent almost 1,000 hours volunteering. This was a significant increase from almost 700 hours volunteered the previous year.



Colleagues committed around 270 hours volunteering through ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children). They spent time with children in schools across Oxfordshire to improve their reading skills.

Solar Aid

Colleagues in our UK-based marketing teams dedicated half a day to sharing their expertise with charity partner, Solar Aid, to assist in the development of a schools-focused fundraising strategy.

Chudar Education Initiative

The OUP India team took part in education kit distribution at two training centres in Tamil Nadu under the Chudar Education Initiative from the Eureka Education Foundation. In December 2023, the team came together again through the ‘Claus for a Cause’ initiative and distributed small but meaningful gifts to charities in New Delhi and Kolkata.

Raise a Reader campaign

Through the Raise a Reader campaign, in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust, colleagues visited eight schools and logged 135 volunteering hours. Volunteers created dedicated library spaces for more than 3,000 children at primary schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas in Oxfordshire.