New Society Publishers is one of three publishers shortlisted for the inaugural Sustainability Initiative Award, an International Excellence Award presented by the London Book Fair.
The new prize aims to acknowledge organizations championing environmental efforts in publishing. The award is judged on a company’s sustainability plan that directly or indirectly leads to improved environmental impact, social sustainability, cost reduction and waste in an integrated way in the publishing industry.
Growing out of activist roots, New Society Publishers, based on Gabriola Island, B.C., has defined itself as a publisher of books to help build a just and ecologically sustainable society. Owned by Judith Plant, Carol Newell, and an employee trust, New Society is a certified B Corporation. The press switched to printing their books on 100% post-consumer paper in 2002, prints only in North America, and is the first carbon-neutral publishing house in North America.
Bloomsbury Publishing (U.K.) and Penguin Random House UK are also shortlisted for the award.
The other international categories are: Audiobook Publisher of the Year Award; Bookstore of the Year Award; Library of the Year Award; and Literary Translation Initiative Award. Awards will be announced on April 19 at the London Book Fair, which runs from April 18 to 20.