Industry Commitment to Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing
7 December 2018
The first Industry Commitment to Professional Behaviour in
Bookselling and Publishing was published on 7 December 2018. It has
been created and endorsed by The Association of Authors' Agents,
The Booksellers Association, The Publishers Association and The
Society of Authors. Publishing Scotland also endorses it
The Principles laid out in the Industry Commitment to
Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing
We in the books industry support creative expression and
freedom of speech. However, our creative realm is also a
professional one and we expect high standards of behaviour from
everyone we encounter in the course of our work, including
colleagues and customers.
We will protect the passion, imagination and creativity of
everyone in the books industry. We will celebrate and promote
diversity and inclusion so that all voices can be heard.
We will recognise our influence and make a commitment to
work together to prevent abuse of power, creating a work
environment free of discrimination, harassment including sexual
harassment, bullying and intimidation.
We will ensure that everyone in our industry is treated
with dignity and respect so that individuals are supported and able
to speak out.
Emma House, Deputy CEO of the Publishers Association,
"A document like this can't ever be the whole answer, but
we hope that it will be an important part of surfacing these
issues, encouraging conversations and helping people feel confident
that their industry is one that takes their dignity at work very
seriously. Our intention is that the commitment is meaningful,
helpful and makes people feel seen and supported. We also hope that
businesses will use it alongside any existing policies they have or
to help develop these if they don't have them. We want to thank
everyone who has fed into the process of developing the commitment,
commented and shared their experiences."
Download the Industry Commitment to
Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing.