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Green Apple HMH Initiative

Corporate Social Responsibility
Changing Lives through Learning

HMH thrives on fostering passionate, curious learners among our customers, across our workforce, and throughout our global community.

Our Approach

HMH re-launched its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in 2010 to maximize our social impact as a global leader in lifelong learning. In addition to improving student and teacher outcomes with best-in-class education solutions, we recognize the importance of supporting our employees and local communities, prioritizing sustainable business processes, and addressing the social challenges that face our customers around the world. To help drive the success of these activities, we align our CSR work to three guiding pillars—Giving Voice to a variety of education stakeholders, Promoting Access to Ideas and nourishing curiosity, and Removing Barriers to learning.

In 2012, HMH received VolunteerMatch's Breakthrough Performance Award and was also named one of Boston's Top Charitable Contributors by the Boston Business Journal. In 2013, we received a PR News CSR Awards honorable mention for our Community Investment Council Initiative, we were inducted into Junior Achievement of Northern New England's Boston Business Hall of Fame, and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council honored us with their 2013 Best of Green Schools Best Business Leadership award. In 2014, we earned the Commissioner's Community Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the 2014 Corporate Volunteer Council Award.

For detailed information about HMH’s CSR program, read our 2013 CSR report, Corporate Social Responsibility: 2013 Year in Review.  

Key Initiatives

Community Investment Councils
HMH's office-based Community Investment Councils (CICs) are designed to empower our employees around the world to make a difference in their local communities.

Book Donations
Since 2010, HMH has donated nearly 10 million copies of its award-winning textbooks, children's stories and adult and reference titles to schools, libraries and organizations around the world.

Sustainability
Our 2014 Paper Procurement and Usage Policy, deemed industry-leading by the Rainforest Action Network, outlines HMH’s commitment to responsible and reduced environmental impact, including specific goals to achieve by 2018.

Green Apple Initiative
Together with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), HMH is working to provide more than two million children with access to safer, healthier, and better learning environments.

HMH History Initiative
HMH is unifying and strengthening our culture by uncovering a Company history that tells employees the story of HMH’s social impact over time.

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