Harnessing the power of books
In November, our Group Ethics and Compliance team met in Oxford for its biennial conference, bringing together colleagues from 13 different countries. At the conference, the team participated in a volunteering event with our charity partner, Book Aid International.
We are proud to have a long-standing charity partnership with Book Aid International, whose mission is to ensure that everyone has access to books to enrich, improve, and change their lives for the better. Last year, we donated almost 185,000 books to Book Aid International, supporting them to send more than 1.1 million books to over 180 partners in 26 countries across the world. These donations provided educational and enrichment opportunities to readers in thousands of schools, libraries, universities, refugee camps, prisons, and hospitals.
Speaking about the partnership, Clair Bradley, Trusts and Corporates Manager at Book Aid International, said:
‘The books from OUP have incredible value for everyone we send them to. They make an amazing difference to people's lives...they support education and healthcare, but also bring joy to people. We know books spark imagination and inspire people - and it's all with the help of OUP which is amazing.’
After learning about the impact and reach of Book Aid International’s work, our Group Ethics and Compliance team stamped and packed 1,000 books to be distributed to communities in need. Included with the books were hand-made bookmarks and handwritten notes for the recipients.
We look forward to continuing our support for Book Aid International in the future, as they work towards delivering sustainable change and creating more opportunities for people to access books, regardless of their location or circumstances.
‘It goes to the heart of our mission, and I'm so pleased the team had the opportunity to see and feel our products, and experience first-hand the impact these books have on people's lives.’
Group Ethics and Compliance Officer