At Between Friends Publishing, we are deeply committed to making a positive social impact through our work in the publishing industry. We believe that storytelling has the power to shape perspectives, inspire change, and ignite conversations that can lead to a better world. We recognize our responsibility to use our platform to address social issues, amplify underrepresented voices, and contribute to the betterment of society. With this commitment in mind, we declare our dedication to driving social impact through our practices, partnerships, and community engagement.
Promoting Socially Conscious Storytelling: We strive to publish stories that tackle important social issues, challenge societal norms, and promote empathy and understanding. We actively seek narratives that shed light on marginalized communities, human rights, environmental sustainability, diversity, inclusion, mental health, and other pressing social concerns. We aim to provide a platform for authors whose stories can drive positive change and inspire readers to take action.
Supporting Diverse and Underrepresented Voices: We are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in publishing by actively seeking out and publishing stories from underrepresented and marginalized voices. We aim to empower authors from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, and religion. By amplifying these voices, we hope to break down barriers and challenge societal biases.
Ethical and Sustainable Publishing Practices: We recognize the environmental impact of the publishing industry and are committed to minimizing our ecological footprint. We strive to use environmentally responsible printing practices, promote digital publishing options, and prioritize sustainable materials whenever possible. Additionally, we work to ensure fair compensation and transparent contracts for authors, valuing their rights and contributions to the literary world.
Partnerships for Social Change: We actively seek partnerships with organizations and initiatives that align with our social impact goals. By collaborating with nonprofits, advocacy groups, and social enterprises, we aim to amplify our collective efforts to address social challenges. We seek opportunities to contribute financially, offer resources, or provide platforms for these organizations to reach a wider audience.
Community Engagement and Empowerment: We believe in the power of community engagement to drive positive change. We actively engage with readers, authors, and communities through events, workshops, book clubs, and outreach programs. We support and promote local literary initiatives, literacy programs, and initiatives that foster a love for reading and storytelling among diverse populations, including children, disadvantaged communities, and incarcerated individuals.
Measuring and Reporting Social Impact: We understand the importance of accountability and transparency in our social impact endeavors. We commit to regularly measuring and assessing the impact of our initiatives and practices. By setting measurable goals and reporting on our progress, we aim to continuously improve our efforts and hold ourselves accountable to our social impact commitments.
Through our social impact commitment, Between Friends Publishing strives to be a catalyst for positive change, inspiring conversations, and fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. We believe that the power of storytelling can contribute to meaningful social transformation, and we are dedicated to using our platform and resources to make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Together, we can create a world where stories inspire empathy, promote understanding, and drive lasting change.
Between Friends Publishing will not support or promote hatred or criminal acts of any kind.