Values, principles & behaviour

The bedrock of corporate responsibility is the culture of the company. We are defined by our values – in everything we do, we aspire to be brave, imaginative and decent.

In turn, our approach is underpinned by our code of conduct which covers, among other things, the environment, employees, individual conduct, community and society.

We make sure everyone is aware and understands the code. Once a year, everyone working for Pearson gets a copy, either electronically or on paper, and is asked to read it; to confirm to the Pearson CEO that they have read it and understood it; and in doing so, to provide a check that the company complies with it. The code forms part of induction and an online training module is available. If anyone has concerns, these can be raised with a line manager or through a free, confidential telephone line/website.

Code of conduct

An ethics website provides easy access to our code of conduct in local languages and a secure way for people to raise and track issues of potential concern.

Global Compact

During 2000, Pearson, along with other companies, signed a 'global compact' at the United Nations which sets out a series of principles on labour standards, human rights and the environment. Since 2001 we have put in place a series of commitments relating to the principles supported by ways to monitor our performance. Each year, we submit a report on our progress to the United Nations describing how our guidelines reflect the UN principles and show the progress made against our key commitments.