Corporate Social Responsibility

HMH thrives on fostering passionate, curious learners among our customers, across our workforce, and throughout our global community.

Our Approach

HMH’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts focus on improving educational outcomes for PreK-12 students in underserved communities, as well as supporting initiatives to engage our employees and enabling them to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.

We take a holistic approach to our partnerships, investing cash, product, and employee talent, allowing for broader impact and deeper community relationships. In 2016, we donated nearly 1 million books to 244 organizations, volunteered over 9,000 hours in our communities, and supported more than 700 nonprofit organizations through our matching gifts and volunteerism programs. We continue to grow our investments in our home market of Boston and beyond, and look forward to expanding our impact in the years to come.

For detailed information about HMH’s CSR program, read our 2016 CSR report, Corporate Social Responsibility: 2016 Annual Report.*

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Community Recognition

  • Regularly recognized as one of Boston's Top Charitable Contributors by the Boston Business Journal.
  • Received a PR News CSR Awards Honorable Mention for the 2016 Curious World Tour.
  • Named the 2016 Corporate Volunteer of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
  • Earned the Commissioner's Community Leadership Award from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) in 2014.
  • Received a PR News CSR Awards Honorable Mention for our Community Investment Council Initiative in 2013.

Key Initiatives


HMH has forged local and national partnerships with nonprofits dedicated to changing educational outcomes in underserved communities.

Community Investment Councils

HMH's office-based Community Investment Councils (CICs) are designed to empower our employees around the world to make a difference in their local communities.

In-Kind Donations

Since 2010, HMH has donated nearly 15 million copies of its award-winning educational materials, children's stories and adult and reference titles to community organizations around the world.

HMH Cares

HMH Cares, HMH’s matching gifts and volunteerism platform, enables employees to support nonprofit organizations of their choice through both giving and volunteering.


Our Paper Procurement and Usage Policy, deemed industry-leading by the Rainforest Action Network, outlines HMH’s commitment to responsible and reduced environmental impact, including specific goals to achieve by 2018.

HMH History and Archives

HMH is unifying and strengthening our culture by uncovering a Company history that tells employees the story of HMH’s social impact over time.