New Society Publishers Earns B Corp Certification

New Society Publishers

Press Release

Tuesday, July 26 2016

New Society Publishers (, a leader in sustainable publishing for over 30 years, is pleased to announce yet another step in walking our talk. On June 23rd, New Society Publishers became a Certified B Corporation. As a company that has always had a mandate that goes beyond the single bottom line of profit, B Corp Certification was a logical step. We care deeply not only about what we publish -- our overall list continues to be widely admired and respected for its timeliness and quality -- but also about how we do business.

New Society Publishers is an industry leader both in Canada and the US on environmental issues related to book publishing. We also take care of our staff and issues of quality of life for everyone. We consult with our authors all along the way from conception, to packaging, and marketing. We believe in the work that we take on and in the authors that we bring to the marketplace. It is no wonder our B Corp Certification score was extremely high!

“It is very gratifying to receive the B Corp Certification. New Society Publishers has been ahead of the curve for years, and it’s wonderful to have this certification, which honors and respects the significant investment we have made to our company, staff, the publishing industry, and the environment.” said Director of Operations Julie Raddysh.

In 2001, New Society committed to publishing all forthcoming titles on acid-free paper that is Forest Stewardship Council certified, 100% old growth forest-free, 100% post-consumer recycled, processed chlorine-free, and printed with vegetable based, low-VOC inks. We were the first North American publisher to make such a commitment, and have since printed over half a million books this way, helping start a revolution in the publishing industry.

In 2005, New Society was the first North American book publishing company to become carbon neutral. In 2015, we held our carbon emission at the 2005 level, and in 2016 we are delighted to announce that we have reduced our emissions even further through in-house conservation steps. We are the only publisher globally that has produced a Guide to Responsible Digital Reading.

On June 11, 2015, New Society Publishers became an employee-owned business with employees voting unanimously in favor of a shareholder’s agreement granting a newly formed Employee Trust one-third ownership of the company.

New Society Publishers has published over 150 books on topics ranging from climate change to progressive parenting. Our best-selling books surpass 50,000 copies, including the groundbreaking title Our Ecological Footprint:Reducing Human Impact on the Earth. “When writers have something meaningful to say about sustainability, it’s important for them to have a publisher who supports their philosophy,” explains co-founder Judith Plant.

New Society Publishers (, is an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on publishing books for a world of change. 

Our books offer tips, tools, and insights from leading experts in sustainable building, homesteading, climate change, environment, conscientious commerce, renewable energy, and more -- positive solutions for troubled times.

Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.  As of May 2012, there are over 530 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.