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
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.
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.