About Us – Our Roots

New Society Publishers has been a leader in sustainable publishing for over 40 years.

Our Mission & Vision


New Society Publishers’ mission is to publish books for a world of change in a way that has a minimum impact on our environment.


Our vision is to provide the world with fundamental tools to help build a just and ecologically sustainable society.

We are an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing you tools for a world of change. New Society Publishers has published over 600 books, available as both print and ebooks. We care deeply about both what we publish and how we do business, and so the same thinker and doer approach permeates our in-house work and the books themselves. A certified B Corporation, we print on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, we are carbon neutral, and we print primarily in North America.

We take a unique two-pronged publishing approach to helping build a positive, regenerative future with books for “thinkers” that tackle the problems and prospects facing humanity and books for “doers” that provide a tool kit of hands-on solutions for people looking to make positive change on the ground.

Our History

New Society Publishers’ roots are firmly planted in activist soil in both the United States and Canada.

Committed to building an ecologically sustainable and just society through education and action.

Employee Trust

On June 11, 2015, employees of New Society Publishers Ltd. voted unanimously in favour of signing a shareholder agreement granting a newly formed Employee Trust one-third ownership of the company.

Our Commitments

At New Society Publishers, we care deeply not only about what we publisher but how we do business. These commitments and actions guide our business decisions.

The Team

Meet the folks at New Society Publishers who share their passion for publishing books that make a difference.

Harnessing Technology

New Society embraces technological challenges facing the publishing industry in the 21st century. Explains Publisher Emeritus Judith Plant,

“Of course we sell all of our books as ebooks, and we plan to continue this. But the real challenge as a publisher is adapting to the broader electronic culture. We’re working on proactive ways to harness these technologies to work for our authors in getting their critical messages out to the reading public, in whichever form that public might use.”

New Society Publishers is harnessing new technology to meet and exceed current accessibility standards, integrating Born Accessible principles at every stage of our publishing workflow. We are actively working to make our books fully accessible so that all users, regardless of ability, can have the same experience reading our books. This means providing accessible digital texts with adaptive reading formats, supplementary materials for audiobooks, and user-friendly digital interfaces.

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