Soziales und ökologisches Engagement von Librio

Librio’s commitment to children and the environment

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Doing business the best way we can

It’s nearly seven years since the Librio’s founders agreed unanimously that if we were going to build a business together, we wanted to build one which creates a better future for the planet our children will grow up to inherit.

How could we with a good conscience make stuff for kids if we did it any other way?

While that commitment, which we call More Than A Book, has remained the same – and only grown stronger since we’ve seen the impact we’ve had – the way we pursue it has evolved over time as we’ve sought to find the best balance.

In February 2022, it evolved again and hopefully, this time, we’ve got the formula just right.

More Than a Book Timeline

Here’s a look at how More Than A Book has evolved and why those changes came about.

May 2017

Social: We find charities supporting literacy in our key markets and donate $1 / £1 / 1 EUR / 1 CHF for each book sold

Environmental: We donate $0.10 for every book sold to Trees for the Future.

November 2018

Social: We join forces with Room to Read to donate $1 for every book we sell. This equates to donating one book for every book we sell.

Environmental: We donate $0.10 for every book sold to Trees for the Future


In this period, we donate over 300,000 books to Room to Read and plant over 300,000 trees with Trees for the Future.


Why the change from before? We loved our original concept, because it highlighted the importance of encouraging children from all walks of life and all parts of the world to read. However, it was unwieldy and confusing to convey to our customers.

Ecological woodland animals

February 2022

Social and environmental: We take a leaf out of legendary brand Patagonia’s book and donate 1% of all our revenue (not profits) to Room to Read and Trees for the Future.

As Patagonia put it on their 1 percent for the planet website, “The gold standard for corporate philanthropy, businesses donate 1% of total sales across the company’s operations.”

Why the change from before?

Although donating $1.10 per book doesn’t sound much when you’re selling your product for $40, it actually amounts to more than 2.5% of our revenue – so 2.5 times Patagonia’s “Gold Standard” of corporate philanthropy. 


When we looked at other companies making an impact, we saw that even much larger companies than ours donate 1% of their revenue at the most. While we’re always keen to do more than “The others”, we feel that as a young company making our way in the tough world of e-commerce, we will be better-served donating less at this stage so that we can grow and donate more in the future once we’re a megabrand.


At a time where children’s education around the world is still heavily impacted by Covid and the environment needs as much support as we can give it, it’s a difficult decision to donate less in the short term. However, we hope and expect that this will allow Librio to continue to grow and to flourish and our overall long-term impact will be much more enduring as a result.

June 2024 – A little update

More than two years have passed and, since Librio was founded, we’ve been able to donate over 400,000 CHF to our partner organisations. This incredible amount means a great deal to us, and we’re very keen to further optimize our social and environmental efforts. What’s next? For 2025, we’ve planned another trip to visit the projects of “Room to Read” on site and to deepen the cooperation connection even further.

It’s all thanks to you

As always, a huge thank you goes out to you our wonderful customers for supporting us on our journey and allowing us to build a business that not only brings joy to your little ones but also strives to make the world they’ll inherit a better place.

Thanks to all your support, we can help Room to Read build libraries in developing countries and plant trees with Trees for the Future. This means a great deal to us. In 2019, we visited Room to Read in Cambodia and were able to see with our own eyes how the donations had positively impacted the children’s daily lives. Find out more in this blog article here.

Librio will continue to do everything in its power to take responsibility for the planet on which we live and for the society of which we are a part. Thank you for supporting us!

The team with schoolkids in Cambodia

In this blog article we told you all about our previous visit to Cambodia. At this incredible meeting, the idea for a joint book project was born. A year later we were able to publish our book “Welcome To School”. The illustrations are by artists from Nepal, India, Jordan, South Africa, Vietnam and Honduras. All countries where Room to Read is committed to literacy and equal opportunities in education.

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