Penguin Random House UK signs Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2017

Damien (39) reads to Regan (5 ) at home in

Damien (39) reads to Regan (5 ) at home in Sheffield. Photo credit: Elizabeth Dalziel/Save the Children


Penguin Random House UK has committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2017.

The pledge was launched at the turn of the year by the National Literacy Forum, a coalition led by the National Literacy Trust, and, in signing for a second year, Penguin Random House UK has committed to tackling the UK’s literacy gap by taking action across its workforce, in the local community and at a national level. As low literacy continues to undermine the UK’s economic competitiveness, tackling it has never been more important to business. If the UK’s literacy challenge is not addressed, it could cost the economy £32.1 billion by 2025.

Penguin Random House UK is committed to helping every child in the UK to read well by the age of 11, by playing an active part in the Read On. Get On campaign and making reading fun for children, parents and teachers through initiatives like World Book Day, The Reading Agency, BookTrust and Quick Reads.

Our support for reading includes:

  • Funding World Book Day, the annual celebration of books and reading;
  • 63 colleagues volunteering each week at 9 schools local to all of our UK sites, reading with children struggling with their reading;
  • Donating 20,000 books to prisons, libraries, community centres, and refugee centres each year as part of World Book Night;
  • Providing a free online library for Read For My School. Our books were read over 75,000 by 7-13 year olds across England this summer.

You can see an overview of how we support reading in the UK  in the infographic below.

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust said: “Business has a crucial role to play in helping to raise literacy levels across the UK, increasing our economic competiveness and creating a fairer society. We are delighted that Penguin Random House is taking important action to help ensure that every young person is equipped with the literacy skills they need for employment and to have a successful life.”

To find out more about the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2017, visit www.literacytrust.org.uk/businesspledge.

To find out more about Penguin Random House’s commitment to helping every child in the UK to read well by the age of 11, visit https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/about-us/creative-responsibility/reading/.

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