Environmental Measures
Green Office

At Macmillan, we are committed to a sustainable production of our core business: printed textbooks. For that reason, we implement the following environmental measures:

  • In 2019, we began to measure our carbon footprint in order to be able to put into place measures that would reduce out CO2 emissions.
  • We minimise the environmental impact of our core business (printed textbooks) in our local production through a series of measures:
    • We print on PEFC-certified paper in all of our Local Publishing. This means that the paper is sourced from forests that are sustainably managed.
    • We have removed shrink-wrap from our books, replacing stickers that contained digital access codes covered with a material that users can scratch-off to view.
    • We have replaced CDs with digital licences in books produced locally. Books that still contain CDs are included in paper envelopes rather than plastic.
    • We have substituted printed Teacher’s Books for digital version for our local publishing business line Ciclos Formativos.
    • Promotional packs are made from cardboard rather than plastic.
    • We have substituted printed delivery notes for digital equivalents.
  • We adhere to Ecoembes integrated management system for guaranteeing efficient management of waste in Spain. We hold their Punto Verde stamp for environmental quality, awarded to companies that are respectful towards the environment and abide by the 1997 Packaging Law.
  • The Springer Nature Group (of which Macmillan Education is a part) aims to be carbon neutral in all direct operations and commercial flights by the end of 2020.

We have a global group dedicated to generating new ideas on how we can reduce our impact on the environment across all companies within the Springer Nature Group. This group is currently made up of over 100 Springer Nature employees in more over 15 countries – and we’re constantly growing!

In Macmillan Iberia we have launched the following Green initiatives:

  • Paper in the office

We reuse or recycle all paper that is no longer in use in the office. In 2019 1.65 tonnes of paper was collected for recycling between our Madrid and Barcelona offices.

  • Eliminating single-use plastic

Plastic cups have been replaced by cardboard ones in both the coffee and water machines. Additional glasses have been purchased to be used for meetings and plastic coffee stirrers are no longer available.

  • Recycling

We have recycling stations in our offices for paper, cardboard, ink cartridges, batteries, organic waste, plastic/aluminium containers, office suppliers, plastic bottle tops (donated to the SEUR Foundation).

  • Employee car float

In 2019, we began replacing the diesel cars in our employee float for hybrids. This renewal plan will continue through 2021.