Barnes & Noble

1166 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

2.5

BPI
Financial Rating

2.9

BPI Stakeholder Rating

3.5

BPI Social Responsibility Rating

Barnes & Noble is the world’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates over 600 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com. Our Nook Digital business offers a lineup of NOOK® tablets and e-Readers and an expansive collection of digital reading content through the NOOK Store®. Barnes & Noble’s mission is to operate the best omni-channel specialty retail business in America, helping both our customers and booksellers reach their aspirations, while being a credit to the communities we serve. Barnes & Noble is owned by Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited and run by CEO and bookseller James Daunt, who is also Managing Director of Waterstones bookstores in the U.K. and founder and owner of Daunt Books. Barnes & Noble was founded in 1971 by bookseller Leonard Riggio when he acquired the Barnes & Noble trade name and bookstore on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

3

Overall Excellence Rating

Industry

Wholesale

Category

Other Retail Stores

ESG/Ethical Impact

Operating in a responsible and sustainable environment is important to BNED. As part of our commitment to being responsible corporate citizens, we make it a priority to understand and manage our social, environmental and economic impact on the world around us. This enables us to contribute to society’s wider goal of responsible corporate actions including environmental safety, sustainable development, supporting human rights and fair labor, and corporate giving. As a trusted partner at hundreds of college and university nationwide, we are committed to expanding our sustainability practices and integrating them into the programs and philosophy of each campus we serve. Our goal is to reduce negative impacts on the environment by working with our partners, peers and others to promote responsible environmental practices. To meet our school partners’ green goals and vision, our architects can help design LEED-certified buildings. These “low-impact” stores may also feature recycled floor coverings, eco-friendly carpeting, non-toxic paint, mercury-free fluorescent lights, and eco-friendly merchandising fixtures made with recycled particleboard and non-toxic glues. We are proud of our commitment to apply fair labor practices, and are committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment. As a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), we require vendors who supply products to our stores to adopt the FLA’s Code of Conduct. This requires strict adherence to workers’ rights, including no forced or child labor, a workplace free of discrimination, harassment and/or abuse, a safe and healthy working environment, respect for the workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining, proper compensation for overtime hours, and paying workers’ wages and benefits in accordance with the law. Through our partnership with FLA, our campus communities can be assured that the products sold in our stores were not created using unfair labor practices. To achieve greater transparency, the majority of our vendor partners openly disclose on their websites the factories used to manufacture their products. We strive to understand and respect the values of the communities where we serve and actively support initiatives in these communities. This commitment is visible in our contributions of financial and volunteer support, from providing annual textbook scholarships, to supporting student clubs and organizations. In addition, every year we donate surplus school supplies to the Kids in Need organization, which distributes merchandise to centers across the country so local teachers can visit and obtain free supplies for students in need.

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Awards Received

2023

Revenues

$1,540,000,000.00

Website Traffic

Employee Rating

3.7

Customer Rating

4.1

Company Size

10000+

ESG Risk Rating

3

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