|Target 2008||Progress||Plan 2009|
|Expand our individual company environmental committees into our US and other businesses, directly involvingmanymore of our people.||Ongoing. Over 30 Green Teams now in place in Pearson facilities in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and India.||Continue to expand our network of environmental teams across our businesses.|
|Continue our environmental and labour standards auditing programme, revisiting our printers in Asia, North America and parts of Europe.||Achieved. Visits carried out in Australia, China, India, Japan, Mexico and in several European countries, including Germany, Italy, Spain and Slovakia.||Hold training refresher seminars with key Pearson production departments on labour standards and environmental issues.|
|Continue the process of becoming a climate neutral company with a view to completing that process globally by the end of 2009.||Ongoing. Highlights include:
Reduced energy usage froma global investment programme in lighting upgrades and server virtualisation;
Partnered The Nature Conservancy on its 'Plant a Billion Trees' programme. 1.5million planted to date;
Established funds in the UK and the US to stimulate innovative carbon saving programmes;
Implemented a new policy in the UK to place a carbon cap on vehicle types and in the US introduced first hybrid vehicles into our car fleet.
|Continue the process of becoming a climate neutral company with a view to completing that process globally by the end of 2009, including:
Extend Planet Pearson, a new website designed by Pearson staff in the US, to be available internationally;
Continue programme to ensure our key buildings are energy efficient;
FT newspaper to assess feasibility of setting up its own offset programme;
Purchase 'green' energy where available and affordable.
|Audit the social and environmental policies and impact of companies acquired in 2007 and set out plans to integrate them into Pearson’s framework for corporate responsibility.||Achieved. Harcourt and other businesses now integrated into Pearson framework for reporting on labour standards and environmental matters.||Continue to work with industry partners to establish a methodology to assess the carbon footprint of a book.|
|Maintain our position in the key indices of social responsibility.||Achieved. Pearson retained its position as Global Leader for the Media Sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and maintained its Platinum rating in the Business in the Community Responsibility Index.||Maintain our position in the key indices of social responsibility.|