Social Responsibility

Our Commitments

Wayside Publishing® understands that empowering the next generation of global citizens is only possible when we empower our teachers, communities, employees, and partners.

We are a member of BC-CCC, the largest Corporate Social Responsibility business network in the country, and we nurture activities in every pillar of Corporate Social Responsibility, as defined by Harvard Business Review.

The Four Pillars of Social Responsibility

We are committed to expanding our reach in each of the four pillars of Social Responsibility. Read more about our how we are growing our Social Responsibility practice:

  • We:

    • Established the Languages Matter Grants and Scholarships Program, which provides educators from around the country with opportunities for funding and tools to support their classrooms
    • Recently created scholarships for free attendance at the IFLT Conference, plus an all-expenses-paid trip for one lucky teacher!
    • Provide in-kind donations of materials to classrooms around the country
    • Encourage volunteering by providing all employees one day of paid volunteering each year
  • We:

    • Purchase from
      • King Printers, which uses paper with Chain of Custody Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)
      • Versa Printing, which uses stocks that are Chlorine Free, 10% Recycled, and are TRIPLE certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
      • McNaughton & Gunn, which holds Chain of Custody Certification from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and is Rainforest Alliance Certified
    • Engage in environmentally friendly office practices including optional remote working, company-wide recycling, and energy audits
    • Produce content that nurtures environmentally conscious learners
  • We:

    • Are IMS global members with IMS TRUSTed App certification
    • Are members of ISTE
    • Sponsor education associations
    • Are members of consortiums like ACTFL
    • Participate in the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce
    • Are two-time winners of Maine and New England Veteran-Owned Business of the Year
    • Are members of the Small Business Association
  • We:

    • Focus on diversity and inclusivity within content
    • Have a senior and executive leadership team made up of 85% women
    • Prioritize work-life balance for all employees
    • Provide exceptional compensation time, benefits, and paid volunteer time
    • Are committed to diversity and inclusivity and have recruitment goals and metrics to that end
    • Create opportunities to lead our organization's strategic giving
    • Have an ethical supply chain, from content creators to printers
    • Purchase from a Women and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (W/MBE) - King Printing