Knowledge. Partnership. Innovation.

Working together to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

Contributing to the sustainable development agenda

As one of the world’s largest publishers of academic research, educational content and science journalism, we play an important role and contribute towards delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Springer Nature Grand Challenges programme inspires greater collaboration across areas related to the SDGs, showcasing research addressing climate change, global health, the food–energy–water nexus, a digitally transformed world, and sustainable cities. In 2018, we further developed the programme, ran events and summits, and published new journals and books that address sustainability issues.

The Springer Nature Grand Challenges portal published 155 articles in 2018
New journal Nature Sustainability has now published more than 200 articles
The Springer Sustainable Development Goals series published two new books in 2018, with several more planned for 2019
Macmillan Education helped to introduce SDG-related content to curriculum materials in India, supporting primary-ages children to learn more about sustainable development

Find out more about how Springer Nature’s publishing programmes seek to address the world’s biggest challenges.

Opening up research

Our long-term commitment to making content accessible to as many people as possible has helped us become the largest open access research publisher in the world – publishing more than 90,000 open access papers every year.

We do more than any other publisher to serve the changing needs of the research community. Through our SharedIt tool we enable researchers and our media contacts to share subscription content free of charge. We also invest in education and scientific research in places where it’s needed but may be unaffordable – supporting organisations such as Research4Life, INASP and CGIAR.

Around one in four articles published immediately (gold) open access, globally, comes from Springer Nature
We publish more than 600 fully open access journals, and over 1900 hybrid journals
More than 70% of Springer Nature journal content by authors from the UK, Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands is published immediately (gold) open access
Our content-sharing tool SharedIt covers 2,700 journals and in 2018 article links generated by it were accessed 7 million times
Our open access book chapters have been downloaded more than 30 million times

Read more about how we're opening up research.

Improving diversity to inspire innovation

We’re a diverse global organisation: women make up 56% of our workforce and we have colleagues located in around 50 countries.

But the gender and cultural balance decreases with seniority and varies by region. Our roadmap to address diversity and inclusion within our own workforce has led to new programmes in 2018, including unconscious bias training, mentoring and employee resource groups. In 2018 we agreed targets to increase the number of women in leadership. And thanks to our large networks in research, education and professional communities, we can positively contribute to improvements in diversity and inclusion in the communities we work with.

Over 9,000 employees undertook values and conduct, and unconscious bias training in 2018
We held our first employee survey in 2018 helping us continue to improve our engagement levels and act on the results
Our target is for 45% of the senior leadership group to be women by 2023

Building employee networks

We launched SN Pride in 2018 – our network for the LGBTQ+ community and allies. More than 300 colleagues have joined this employee resource group, with local representatives in London, the Netherlands, Spain, Argentina, Germany and the USA. Employee resource groups like SN Pride aim to facilitate information sharing, networking, professional and personal development, aid community outreach and support diversity in our recruitment processes. The network seeks to create a space in which people feel comfortable and represented.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion at the highest levels of the organisation and while I think we have made a good start on our diversity and inclusion journey, there is still much more we can do. Change has to come from all of us, when creating a truly inclusive workplace and SN Pride provides both a virtual and a real-world community to enable sharing of ideas, network, opportunities and more.
Rachel Jacobs, Group General Counsel and D&I Champion

If you’d like to find out more about the actions we're taking, read our report.

Protecting the planet

We publish the latest evidence-based research on climate change and other sustainability issues in our journals and books.

We know we need to play our part, including by reducing our carbon footprint. In the first year since we started monitoring our global footprint, we’ve already lowered it by 18% (net). We’re also doing what we can to reduce waste. Most of our books and journals are now printed on-demand: this means that our products are only printed when they’re ordered, reducing waste. And our employees around the world are helping us to do more, by getting involved in local initiatives.

Find out more about the data in our report.

Breaking our dependency on disposable plastic

As part of our recycling system for the London Campus, we work with Simply Cups to recycle single-use coffee cups…and in 2018 we added a charge to encourage use of reusable cups.

Between introducing the measures in September and the end of the year we saved more than 40,000 single-use cups and stopped 24,000 single-use plastic glasses entering the waste stream. We will continue these initiatives in 2019, including examining food packaging and processes to identify opportunities for further reductions.
Mark Talbot, Head of Facilities Operations, Global General Affairs

To find out what else we’re doing to protect the planet, download our report.

Supporting people and projects, worldwide

Did you know we gave more than €870,000 in donations and sponsorship to charities and organisations in 2018?

Our employees also give their time towards projects that share our aims and support our local communities, including education projects, travel and childcare support for early-career researchers, and mentoring in academia. We are piloting a mentoring programme to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM, and we offer grants to people in need through the Julius Springer Charitable Fund. We also donate books and classroom equipment to schools and communities in need and provide a number of academic scholarships to exceptional students and early career researchers around the world.

The Julius Springer Charitable Fund donated €25,000 to help two non-profit organisations in Milan that offer therapy and support for children with autism, severe mental illnesses and physical disabilities
95 teachers registered to participate in our annual EducaInternet contest, and 29 resources were shared with teachers to demonstrate the safe and responsible use of technologyWe continue to support the development of young scientists by awarding scholarships to Master’s students at three German universities

Find out what else we’re doing to support the communities we work with, in our report.