Hachette UK has won at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards for its work on inclusivity in publishing.
The publisher received the Inclusivity in Publishing Award, sponsored by the Publishers Association, in recognition of its clear commitment to embed its diversity and inclusivity strategy across all levels and functions of the business. Judges noted it was "fully transparent during this process–this holistic and open approach was in many ways setting the standard for the UK publishing industry".
The panel also noted the work being done by the wider shortlist, saying that they were "particularly impressed" with smaller independent presses, including Lantana Publishing, which was also up for the award alongside Springer Nature.
This year's International Excellence Awards have seen seven winners named from across four continents. Nora Mercurio from Suhrkamp Verlag in Germany was named winner of the Rights Professional Award, while India's Karadi Path Education Company won the Educational Learning Resources Award, having been shortlisted for the category in 2020.
The Ghana Library Authority took home the Library of the Year Award, with judges saying it “really struck us as an amazing story of transformation and an example of how library services can tackle some of the most pressing social issues confronting their users".
Romania’s Cărturești won the Bookstore of the Year Award, being praised by judges for its work during the Covid-19 pandemic. They said Cărturești’s “online offering and activities, and the grant programme subsidised from their sales to support local writers, demonstrated their sense of responsibility for the community. All of this in a stunning building imaginatively converted into a bookshop that we all wanted to visit as soon as we can.”
Now in its third year, Audiobook Publisher of the Year was awarded to the USA's Findaway Voices. Judges said the organisation “demonstrated such strong commitment to developing a wider and more open audiobook world, for authors, publishers and listeners alike. We felt that Findaway Voices offers fresh opportunities for authors and narrators to create wonderful, high-quality recordings that reach existing audiobook fans–and create new ones–across the globe.”
The Literary Translation Initiative Award went to Mozambique’s Editora Trinta Zero Nove. Judges commented on the high standard of both the winner and the shortlisted organisations, saying “all of the initiatives on this year’s shortlist are exceptional, and might serve as valuable models of how translators and translation should be supported and promoted–they are all, each in their own way, great examples to be followed. Of these, we found the ground-breaking Editora Trinta Zero Nove (which made last year’s shortlist) especially inspiring–it’s an imaginative, dynamic and visionary programme of activity. We couldn’t be more excited to have it as our 2021 winner.”
Andy Ventris, director of LBF, said: “After a year which has impacted every corner of the book world, it is more important than ever that we celebrate the innovation and creativity being shown by the global publishing community in the face of unprecedented challenges. All of the winners of this year’s International Excellence Awards demonstrate the ingenuity and talent to be found in the industry today, and we are delighted to recognise their work bringing books and learning to readers around the globe.”
Stephen Lotinga, c.e.o. of the PA, said: “Congratulations to the hugely deserving winners of this year’s International Excellence Awards. It’s inspiring to see the great work happening in the books industry around the world especially in such challenging circumstances.”
The winners of the International Excellence Awards will be celebrated at the Online Book Fair in a series of "In Conversation With…" events on 29th June. They will be speaking about their prize-winning work and the pressing issues within their area of publishing. These sessions will appear alongside author talks, publishing panels, seminars and more at the Online Book Fair.