Corporate and Social Responsibility

At MNG we are committed to initiatives that protect our environment, support an inclusive workforce, and give back to communities and charitable organizations that help and support others.

Charity Committee

We established our charity committee with the purpose of engaging with our charity partners—Speakers Trust and Career Ready—and encouraging all of our employees to participate in supporting charitable and other give-back initiatives. MNG provides staff with 3.5 days a year to use for any volunteering work which supports our chosen charities.

Speakers Trust

Speakers Trust is a social mobility charity, committed to empowering young people with the skills and confidence to be heard, providing essential communication skills for some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK, including the homeless, young carers, and those in pupil referral units. The charity works with over 600 state secondary schools in England delivering public speaking workshops, events, and providing resources to help young people develop their skills and confidence in public speaking.

Career Ready

Career Ready is dedicated to connecting young people with the world of work, giving young talent a kickstart for a brighter future. Through internships, mentoring, workplace experiences, and a network of support, Career Ready help young people gain the experience, insight, and confidence they’ll need to flourish in their careers.

Youth Upskill Initiative

Mare Nostrum Group excels at bringing high quality educational content from our client publishers to the attention of students, educators, and professionals alike, getting the best out of every title published and driving access to the best academic and working professional knowledge. We think it’s important that all young people, irrespective of background, have the opportunity to make use of that content. With this goal in mind, in 2022 we launched the MNG Youth Upskill Initiative, which is committed to helping disadvantaged young people in the UK gain the confidence and skills to assist their progress in education, work, and life.

To support this initiative, we have been raising funds for our two charity partners who align closely with MNG’s ambition to promote social mobility within the UK. Both Speakers Trust and Career Ready are national social-mobility charities, helping young people from all backgrounds develop their skills to succeed in their future careers.

To help raise funds for the two charities, MNG undertook the challenge of walking a combined 20 million steps between July and October last year. This is the approximate number of steps the team would have taken if they had actually walked from their headquarters in Harrogate to Mare Nostrum, the Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea, from which the company took its name. In a bid to achieve this ambitious goal, the team tackled a number of physical challenges, including the Leeds 10k and the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.




Masterclass topics cover self-awareness and personal values, communication and networking, interview and assessment centre success, and developing your personal brand.

• Presenting 60-minute masterclasses to local schools.
• Inspiring students with career stories and experience.
• Helping young people understand and prepare for the world of work.
• Sharing information about early career opportunities at MNG.

Workplace Visits

Workplace Visits

We host workplace visits for up to 20 students from local schools through our charity partners. We provide an overview of different roles within the business, a tour of the workplace, and finish with a workshop or masterclass.



Beginning in 2024, staff from MNG will be volunteering time to mentor students from schools in Leeds, as part of Career Ready's mentoring program.

The program matches 15-18 year olds with mentors working across a wide variety of industries, helping young people to develop the workplace skills, confidence, and social capital they need to kickstart their careers. The 12 month mentoring programme involves monthly sessions between mentors and mentees, during which students will have the opportunity to explore different career pathways, the world of work, and the skills they’ll need to get to where they want to be.


We offer internships and apprenticeships to young people, actively seeking candidates from underrepresented communities, including through our charity partners.

We work with universities in York, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, and Liverpool as part of their Handshake platform. We also offer paid internships and work placements in the summer months. This summer we are welcoming a student through the Career Ready programme from Elliot Hudson College in Leeds, joining us for four weeks working with our sales and marketing teams.

An employee who joined us on the Santander Internship Programme in 2013 is now our Head of European Sales, and recently completed a fully funded MSc in Leadership with Level 7 Apprenticeship vocational qualification. We see investment in our employees as essential in their personal growth and development, whilst bringing new skills and insights to the workplace.

In addition, we have now established an ongoing relationship with several apprenticeship providers including Baltic and Now Skills, who work with local students to provide digital apprenticeships for those looking to start their careers.

The Book Trade Charity

We attend many publishing events each year, the largest of which are London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair, which involves taking a significant number of our clients’ books to display. At the end of these events our books are collected by The Book Trade Charity who resell them to the general public, extending the accessibility of these titles. The charity arranges for local school libraries and small or specialist booksellers to purchase some of the specified stock, and all money raised goes to the work of the charity.

The charity is dedicated to supporting colleagues across the book trade and their families, providing grants and housing when they need it most. They provide immediate practical help at times of crisis, drive positive change across the trade, and are committed to building a more inclusive and diverse book trade.

Helping Our Planet

Shrinking Our Shipping

Shrinking Our Shipping

Before it even reaches the customer, many of the books we distribute will have travelled to more continents than the average Briton.

By helping publishers move their print list over to a world-class POD system, we're printing books where the end customer is based, removing the need for a book to ever board a ship or plane. This significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the books we distribute.

Cutting Our Commute

Cutting Our Commute

As a working standard, all non-remote employees work two days a week from home.

Wherever possible, MNG is committed to cutting unnecessary travel, as well as supporting staff wellbeing with a more flexible working environment.

Working, Not Wasting

Working, Not Wasting

We're always looking for ways to make our office a more sustainable place to work.

From aiming for 100% renewable electricity to power our energy-efficient LED lighting, to having waste recycling bins on every floor, even down to using sustainable bamboo toilet paper, there is always more to be done. Which is why we won't stop looking for further ways to reduce our impact on the environment.