What a company can mean—beyond what it does

At the SXSW Festival, we discussed how to keep cities thriving through community investment models with Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Our Purpose

At Audible, we strive to make a positive impact on the cities we call home because we believe companies can have hearts and souls and missions that transcend financial success. We create innovative solutions to systemic issues by listening to and working with community stakeholders to bring our shared vision to life.

We moved our headquarters to Newark in 2007 to accelerate the comeback of a great American city and create opportunities for city residents. This mission is inscribed in our People Principles and inspires our days. To expand our community initiatives aimed at advancing equality, racial justice and economic empowerment, we launched the Global Center for Urban Development in 2020. Based in Newark, the center encompasses Audible locations in cities around the world and includes programs and policy initiatives that can be adopted in cities globally.

Our Economic Impact

Audible’s initiatives in Newark create jobs, sustain businesses, attract foot traffic and result in greater employee spend, resulting in over $775 million in economic activity. Imagine what we could do globally.

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Our Focus

Newark Venture Partners

Don Katz, Audible’s founder, created a venture fund to grow early-stage companies in Newark to become the next dozen Audibles, creating jobs and opportunity for city residents.

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More than 50% of Newark Venture Partner’s portfolio companies are founded by women or people of color.

Amplify Voices

Audible elevates emerging voices through our content, workshops and events. Our programs amplify stories across the spectrum of human experience, from the breadth of the lived Black experience to the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community and many other stories that deserve to be heard.

Community Engagement

Newark showed us that great strides begin with open ears. That’s why we listen first, allowing our global footprint to expand our horizons, before looking for ways to help create a positive impact.

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Audible has engaged over 10,000 students globally through workshops, events and educational supports, like free Audible memberships.

Impact Programs

We incubate innovative and sustainable programs across Newark and seek to expand them to other Audible cities where they can make an impact.

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More than 800,000 meals delivered by Newark Working Kitchens to over 10,000 Newark residents in need each week.

Future Leaders

We work with local schools to give students more opportunities to explore their interests, expand their talents, and become the leaders of tomorrow.

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100% of our paid high school interns have been accepted to a two or four year college.

Urban Innovation

We collaborate with our communities to develop neighborhoods into thriving innovation districts while preserving their historic footprint.

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Audible invested $20M in capital expenditures between 2015 and 2018 to revitalize buildings in downtown Newark, supporting 185 jobs.

Our Stories

There are many remarkable people and organizations making a difference within our communities and programs around the world. Learn about the incredible impact we’re making together.

Our Neighbors

Anything is possible with the right team. That’s why we work with local residents and organizations to create impact in our neighborhoods around the world.

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