London. 15 November 2016. Today, at the first Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference in London, the Publishers Association and The London Book Fair have announced the launch of the Inclusivity in Publishing Award, supported by Equip, as part of The London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards.
Recognising publishing companies that have demonstrated commitment to improving inclusivity across the publishing ecosystem, the new award is open to UK-based publishers. This could include diversity in content produced; marketing strategies and activities that engaged diverse audiences; or commitment to the improvement of diversity in the workforce.
Stephen Lotinga, CEO at the Publishers Association, said: “There has never been a greater need to have a more inclusive publishing industry and publishers are at the heart of driving change. From the publishing workforce through to the publishing and promotion of diverse works, publishers are able to drive the change that is needed throughout the ecosystem. We’re delighted that this award will recognise a publisher that has implemented initiatives that have resulted in actual change.”
Publishers can nominate themselves or a third party at the following link: www.londonbookfair.co.uk/awards. Submissions close on 15 December.
The Inclusivity in Publishing Award is supported by Equip, a network run by the PA and IPG providing support for people looking for jobs in publishing, promote publishing as a career, support members with information and advice, and host seminars and networking events.
The Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference takes place today, 15 November at 15 Hatfields, London. The conference explores how the publishing industry can ensure it reflects the diversity of British society, and is jointly chaired by broadcaster Rosie Goldsmith and journalist Arifa Akbar. Attendees have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from other industries. For the full conference programme, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk/bipconference.
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Building Inclusivity in Publishing, 15 November, 15 Hatfields London, is a new conference, programmed by The Publishers Association with event management by The London Book Fair (LBF), to address the issues around inclusivity and diversity in publishing. Conference themes will be increasing inclusivity in publishing from discovering new writing talent, diversity in published content, reaching new audiences, diversity in the publishing workforce, accessibility, bookselling and mentoring. The conference will look at progress so far, existing initiatives and organisations as well as discussion of ways to promote diversity across the industry.
THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 14 -Thursday 16 MARCH 2017
Equality In Publishing was established to promote equality across UK publishing, bookselling and agenting, by driving forward change and increasing access to opportunities within the industry. EQUIP is hosted and funded by the PA and the IPG and operates on two levels; through the Publishing Equalities Charter and EQUIP network.
The EQUIP charter sets out achievable recommendations for companies wishing to improve their equality programme. From appointing an equalities champion, to advertising all jobs externally, charter members receive advice and an opportunity to demonstrate their willingness to improve diversity in the publishing industry.
Individual members of EQUIP have full access to all EQUIP materials. Free to join, members receive access to a supportive network of publishers, booksellers and others in the book industry, information on job opportunities and how to get into the publishing industry, a named contact for advice and discounts on networking events.
THE LONDON BOOK FAIR (LBF)
The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2017, the 46th Fair, will take place from 14 – 16 March 2017, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 13 March. For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk
THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and
electronic publishers in the UK. Members represent over 80% of the UK publishing industry including global companies such as Elsevier, Wiley, Pearson, Penguin Random House, Hachette and the University presses, as well as many independent publishing houses. www.publishers.org.uk.