Social Responsibility

Creating a Brighter Future for Learners Around the World

As a Learning Science company, our vision is to unlock the full potential of each learner by providing high-quality instructional materials that are intuitive, engaging, efficient and effective – grounded in research. At McGraw-Hill Education, we also give the best of ourselves – within the communities in which we live and work, through our environmentally responsible business practices and in our unwavering commitment to transparency and integrity in all we do. Working together, we are helping to create a brighter future for learners around the world.

Supporting Education

We commit our time and resources to helping our communities and to recognizing individuals and organizations that support education:

  • The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education is an annual award recognizing outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. Our award winners come from across the globe and have included such visionaries as Geoffrey Canada, Wendy Kopp and Sal Khan.
  • Through McGraw-Hill Education’s Helping Hands Program, employees can request a Matching Gift or Group Volunteer Grant for a range of non-profit organizations and educational institutions that align to our organization’s mission.
  • We encourage employees to volunteer with local non-profit community organizations that are meeting the needs of the underserved, particularly in education.
  • In 2016, McGraw-Hill Education donated more than $4.1 million worth of new books to organizations around the world. Over $208 million worth of books have been donated to qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations since we began this program in 1998.

Managing Our Carbon Footprint

  • McGraw-Hill Education uses third-party chain-of-custody forest certification for the paper we purchase directly in the U.S. During 2016, we exceeded our goal by obtaining certification on more than 99 percent of our annual purchases in the U.S.
  • McGraw-Hill Education requires endorsement of our paper policies by all manufacturing vendors that supply paper to the company in the U.S. Additionally, McGraw-Hill Education issued a survey to all paper mills in the U.S. in 2016 to ensure compliance with environmental regulatory requirements. McGraw-Hill Education does not buy paper that uses fiber from High Conservation Value Forests.
  • McGraw-Hill Education actively manages a global real estate portfolio of offices and warehouses. Since January 2014, McGraw-Hill Education has reduced its footprint by nearly 1.5million square feet through warehouse consolidation and distribution strategies, among others. Our 139,000 square-foot building in Dubuque, Iowa is Gold LEED certified and exemplifies McGraw-Hill Education’s long-term commitment to smart environmental construction and real estate management. McGraw-Hill Education participates in demand response programs to help reduce stress on the electrical grids in our communities.
  • Throughout our portfolio, we shred and recycle paper as part of our commitment to privacy, security and sustainable practices and provide collection containers for recycling used batteries.

Acting with Transparency & Integrity

  • McGraw-Hill Education and its employees are committed to integrity, honesty, and good faith in all of our dealings. The company maintains a Code of Business Ethics (COBE) on which all employees receive training each year. Each employee is required to acknowledge and agree to abide by the COBE annually as a condition of employment.

Awards for Social Responsibility