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We work to ensure that the research we publish and the conferences we host are inclusive and representative of the community as a whole. We support the access to and publication of research from low- or middle-income countries and partner with others to support improved diversity and representation in science.

In our own workplaces, our diversity and inclusion strategy focuses on improving the gender balance and international representation in global senior management to make this group more representative of our wider global workforce.

An entry in the Springer Nature SDG photo competition, representing SDG 5: Gender Equality. Raheleh Motamedi

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SN Pride

Employee groups aim to facilitate information sharing, networking, professional and personal development and to support diversity in our recruitment processes. These networks create an environment in which people can feel supported and represented.

We launched SN Pride, our network for the LGBTQ+ community and allies, in 2018. In 2019, fifty members joined the Pride in London Parade for the first time, calling for greater diversity in research and education.

To celebrate the international day of LGBTQ+ people in science, technology, engineering and maths (LGBTSTEMDay), Nature published an editorial in support of research network Pride in STEM, asking researchers and research organisations everywhere to be more inclusive and to continue to lobby their governments for more inclusive law making.

Read more about our employee networks

SN Pride preparing to march at the London Pride parade, 2019

Mentoring at Springer Nature

We actively support progression and have several initiatives to address our gender balance. We launched two mentoring pilot programmes in 2018, with the aim of promoting gender representation and diversity in our global senior leadership positions.

These programmes support the career development of international talent and of parents and caregivers at a mid-career level. This programme offers guidance and learning opportunities for mentees, while creating a network of supportive colleagues.

Mithu, a director in the research marketing team with two young children, was paired with Gabrielle, Group Company Secretary, who has oversight of the Group’s 200+ subsidiary companies and has two sons.

“The engagement with other colleagues has surfaced shared issues and challenges. During every meeting with Gabrielle, I’ve found useful advice that I can implement day to day. It has given me the structure and support to think about my professional development.”

Mithu

“Spending time with Mithu has helped me see how important it is for everyone to have the space to fulfil their own potential, personally and professionally. I have been inspired by Mithu’s focused approach to work, while balancing her role as a working mum. Discussing her challenges and achievements broadened my understanding of the business.”

Gabrielle

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Supporting girls’ education and equality in India

Our support for diversity and inclusion extends into the way we consider our talent pipeline and wider community initiatives. We believe that investing in girls’ education, empowerment and economic self-sufficiency supports their independence and helps to address gender inequalities. By supporting projects that inspire young women for a lifetime of learning, we can help to give them the skills they need to become future leaders.

In India, Springer Nature supports Udayan Care, a charitable trust that works to empower vulnerable children, women and youth, in 23 cities across 13 states. Through Udayan Care, Springer Nature has financially supported the higher education of 50 girls, enabling them to continue their learning journey. The girls each have a mentor who encourages their personal development and they also learn about different career opportunities.

To encourage the students to give back, they are taught about the issues affecting society and the role they can play in improving opportunities for future generations of girls.

Springer Nature India supports the higher education of female students through the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Program

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Time to Change: mental health in the UK

We know that mental health issues can and do affect people at all levels. We are determined to support colleagues and to tackle any associated labelling or discrimination.

In 2019, Springer Nature became the first academic publisher to sign the Time to Change Pledge – a commitment to end mental health discrimination in the UK workplace. We have demonstrated this commitment through:

  • a ‘Time to Talk’ day, where senior managers shared stories about their own mental wellbeing

  • appointing wellbeing champions from across Springer Nature

  • reviewing HR policies to include wellbeing and mental health

  • training line managers in how to talk about mental health, through Mental Health First Aid for Managers sessions attended by 40 UK managers

  • promoting the employee assistance programme (EAP): a free, confidential 24-hour helpline to support all employees in the UK.

Sir Philip Campbell, Editor in Chief, Springer Nature, signs the Time to Change pledge