At the heart of Chronicle Books' mission is the belief that we make a significant contribution to people's lives by delivering top-quality books and gifts. We also endeavor to make a difference with our good citizenship. Through the following programs we seek to give something back to the communities in which we live and work.
Volunteerism and Corporate Giving
For the past three years, Chronicle Books has sponsored a team of employees to travel to New Orleans for a week to work with Habitat for Humanity, building homes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
May 1, 2009 was Change the World Day at Chronicle Books. Employees were given the day off to volunteer in the community as part of our efforts to spread the word about our book, Change the World for Ten Bucks by We Are What We Do, a movement inspiring people to change the world one small action at a time.
In recent years, Chronicle Books has supported many organizations whose programs enrich lives, foster learning, and expand educational opportunities including:
• ABFFE (American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression)
• NCCBA (Northern California Children's Booksellers Association)
• NCIBA (Northern California Independent Booksellers Association)
• Mill Valley Film Festival
• San Francisco Film Society
• San Francisco Symphony
• American Library Association
• California Academy of Sciences
• Chez Panisse Foundation
• Bay Area Discovery Museum
• UCSC Library
When employees make a donation to a charitable cause, Chronicle Books matches their donations up to $100 per employee, per calendar year.
Our volunteerism policy allows employees to contribute up to two hours per week of their time to non-profit, non-political, and non-partisan organizations.
We also encourage employees to take advantage of mentoring opportunities in the community. In one recent example, some of our designers joined the AIGA's Design and The Urban Forest Project.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The Environmental Task Force is a group of employee volunteers dedicated to reviewing and shaping current company environmental practices in an effort to move our publishing and our business practices towards improved environmental responsibility. We are constantly examining how and what Chronicle publishes from an environmental point of view. On an ongoing basis, we are redefining Chronicle's standard of environmentally conscious practices.
Each floor in our office is outfitted with a dropbox for electronics and battery recycling through Green Disk.
Our production department donates book dummies, proofs, and other supplies to SCRAP, a San Francisco non-profit creative re-use center, store, and workshop space providing reusable and recycled art supplies to art and community groups.
We offer a convenient, in-office drop-off and pick-up from SF Green Clean dry cleaning.
Each week, Eat with the Seasons, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program delivers organic produce to the office.
Approximately 10% of our staff bikes to work, so we have secure storage in the building for 20 bikes.
We offer subsidized public transit benefits to the 80% of employees who take public transit to work.