Social Responsibility

Red Cube Cares

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 and Our Communities

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

    The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education 2018 Winners
  • The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education annually celebrates innovation in education by recognizing outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. The Prize acknowledges individuals and their efforts to elevate human potential in education in three categories: Pre-K-12 Education, Higher Education, and Learning Science Research. Award winners come from across the globe and have included such visionaries as Geoffrey Canada, Wendy Kopp and Sal Khan.
  • Through our Red Cube Cares 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 mission. In 2017, employees donated more than $350,000 that was matched dollar for dollar by our company.
  • We encourage employees to volunteer with local non-profit community organizations that are meeting the needs of the underserved, particularly in education. Every employee receives a paid day off to volunteer.
  • In 2017, McGraw-Hill Education donated more than $1.7 million worth of new books to organizations around the world. Over $209 million worth of books have been donated to qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations since we began this program in 1998.
  • Each year we contribute hundreds of backpacks, school supplies, items of clothing and other necessities to support in-need elementary school students as they return to school.
    • In New York, we work with Volunteers of America to support Operation Backpack, a program that collects backpacks full of school supplies for the tens of thousands of children living in homeless shelters.
    • In Canada, our team fundraises for Simcoe Settlement House to assemble hundreds of complete backpacks for underprivileged school children.
    • Our team in Singapore provides curriculum building support and digital materials and recently launched an English Language Learning Academy for the Baan Unrak Children’s Home and School in Thailand.
    • Visitors to our lounge at the annual SXSW EDU Conference were able to “thank a teacher” and participate in a prize drawing that resulted in teachers receiving gift cards for classroom supplies through Donor’s Choose.

Managing Our Carbon Footprint

  • We use third-party chain-of-custody forest certification for the paper we purchase directly in the U.S. In 2017, we obtained certification on more than 99 percent of our purchases.
  • We require endorsement of our paper policies by all manufacturing vendors that supply us with paper in the U.S. Additionally, in 2017 we issued a survey to all international paper mills we use to ensure compliance with environmental regulatory requirements. We do not buy paper that uses fiber from High Conservation Value Forests.
  • We actively manage a global real estate portfolio of offices and warehouses. Since January 2014, we have reduced our footprint by nearly 1.5 million square feet through the implementation of new office design standards and a global warehouse consolidation initiative. Our 139,000 square-foot building in Dubuque, Iowa is Gold LEED certified and exemplifies our long-term commitment to smart environmental construction and real estate management. We also participate in environmentally smart initiatives, such as recycling, landfill avoidance and demand-response programs to help reduce stress on the electrical grids in our communities.

Acting with Transparency & Integrity

  • McGraw-Hill Education and its employees are committed to integrity, honesty, and good faith in all of our dealings. We maintain 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.