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Our Commitment to Professional Behaviour in Publishing is adapted from the original British version established by The Association of Authors’ Agents, The Booksellers Association, The Publishers Association and The Society of Authors.


It addresses bullying and intimidation, freedom of speech, sexual harassment, diversity, and inclusion as well as discrimination; and it indicates Hachette’s steadfast commitment to safeguarding and upholding a professional, dignified, respectful and safe environment for all who work with, and for, Hachette.


It is underpinned by the following four principles:

  1. We support creative expression and freedom of speech. However, our creative realm is also a professional one and we expect high standards of behaviour from everyone we encounter in the course of our work, including colleagues, authors, and customers.
  2. We will protect the passion, imagination, and creativity of everyone we encounter in the books industry. We will celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion so all voices can be heard.
  3. We will recognise our influence and make a commitment to work together to prevent abuse of power, creating a work environment free of discrimination, and harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation.
  4. We will ensure that everyone we work with is treated with dignity and respect so that individuals are supported and able to speak out.

Click here to read the full Commitment.

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