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: our approach

Over the past century the world has seen average life expectancy increase, common diseases become uncommon, literacy rates rise and, thanks to technology, greater communication and connectivity than ever before. Yet despite this progress, inequalities remain, and the world faces significant societal and sustainability changes.

We use the UN SDGs as a framework to consider the potential impacts of the business – both positive and negative – and how we manage them. It is our belief that Springer Nature has an important role to play in contributing to these goals.

How Springer Nature has an impact on the SDG

Supporting and amplifying the SDGs

  • Our books, journals and magazines share the latest research that addresses the challenges of sustainable development.

  • We are committed to opening up research, and sharing it widely to reach the audiences that need it.

  • We publish research that makes an impact on policymakers and business leaders.

Innovating to support the SDGs

  • We connect research with communities who need it to advance progress, through new partnerships and ways of collaborating.

  • Our approach is interdisciplinary: we know that the natural and applied sciences, social sciences and humanities all have a role in finding long-term solutions to sustainable development aims.

  • We continuously invest and innovate to provide the research community and our customers with new services and technologies, improving the process of sharing discoveries globally.

Acting as a responsible business

  • We have set targets to increase diversity and inclusion and reduce our environmental impacts, and are creating networks to build an empowered and fulfilled workforce.

  • We are reducing the impact Springer Nature has on the environment by cutting our carbon footprint, using sustainably sourced papers in our products and minimising plastics in distribution of our products.

  • We are an active presence, working with and participating in the research and education communities to which we belong.

Our Focus SDG

We publish research across all areas of the SDGs
SDG 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

We amplify sustainability research, sharing it widely, so that it can have maximum impact within the research community, for our own employees, and in wider society.

Target: 4.7

SDG 13: Climate Action

Climate Action

We play our part in climate action by publishing the latest climate research, managing our operational impacts and will become a carbon neutral company by the end of 2020.

Target: 13.3

SDG 17: Partnerships For The Goals

Partnerships for the Goals

We are a leader in open access, connecting researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are collaborating to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Target: 17.6

Our operations also have an impact on:

  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10: Reducing Inequalities
  • SDG 15: Life on Land

We publish content, host events and participate in high-level discussions to advance knowledge related to many of the SDGs. We continue to make important connections between researchers, policymakers and practitioners, forging partnerships with organisations, staging events and helping to bring new perspectives together.

Find out more about our SDG programme

Case study

Connecting and communicating across continents

During 2019, Springer Nature raised the profile of the role that the research community has in addressing the SDGs.

Our SpotOn conference was inspired by SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals and brought together researchers and science communicators to discuss topics related to open access, policy, technology and research communication.

Simultaneous conferences were held in London and Cairo and broadcast live via Facebook. Topics included: crossing global borders with research technology; decolonising research; and supporting diversity initiatives in global research communication.

Dalia Abdel Salem, Editor in Chief, For Science, speaking at SpotOn conference in Cairo

Case study

STEM for societal impact in Botswana

Macmillan Education in Botswana is working to inspire future generations of researchers, and equip them to tackle social and economic challenges, through its sponsorship of the Mathematical Association of Botswana’s national science and maths fair.

The fair, which attracts more than 600 high-school-age students from across the country, aims to actively engage young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by showing how studies in these fields can solve real world societal challenges.

Students are set a problem to solve, using a range of skills from mathematical problem solving to ecology and statistics, and must explain how their work could be used in everyday life.

Mathematical Association of Botswana Science and Maths fair

Case study

SDG Action Awards: winning through singing

Each year, the UN SDG Action Awards recognise people, organisations, governments, businesses and foundations who are advancing progress towards the Global Goals in new and exciting ways.

In 2019, ‘My Earth Songs’, a series of 27 educational children’s songs composed by Ricky Kej and included in several Macmillan Education textbooks, was nominated for the awards. Out of 2,000 applications, My Earth Songs was one of the three finalists in the ‘creative’ category.

My Earth Songs is a series designed to teach children about the SDGs. Each song addresses a different goal. According to Ricky Kej, the songs are “an effort to ensure a new generation of environmentally connected human beings”.

The lyrics were donated to Macmillan Education in India, where they have been printed in more than 1.9 million textbooks. They have also been translated into the Kannada language and printed in over 3.5 million textbooks for use in the state of Karnataka. In addition, a Hindi version of the songs was published in more than 50,000 textbooks.

My Earth Songs, a series of educational children’s songs composed by Ricky Kej

Case study

Helping researchers make the right start

Each year, we award grants to researchers, enabling them to travel abroad to participate in conferences. These grants create opportunities for researchers who may be working in a country where research funding is scarce, or who have difficult personal circumstances that create a substantial financial burden.

In 2019, the communications journals team awarded three grants of €2,500 to promising early career researchers from Ghana, India and Argentina to support their travel to an international conference in 2020.

Our hope is that by providing these grants we can reach promising but underfunded researchers who need support the most: giving opportunities to researchers who face systemic barriers in their quest to communicate great science.

A group of people clapping their hands