Special foreword from Editor in Chief of Scientific American, Laura Helmuth

Scientific American has been sharing science and technology news with the public for more than 175 years. The climate emergency is one of the scientific and social issues that we’re dedicated to covering, to help people better understand the challenge we’re up against, and the most promising solutions. Our publication and our publisher, Springer Nature Group, take this responsibility very seriously.

Laura Helmuth, Editor in Chief of Scientific American

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How we inspire change

We take responsibility for the impact we have as a business and a publisher. This responsibility means doing what we can to accelerate solutions to the world’s greatest challenges in three key areas:

People

We champion diversity, equity and inclusion and strive to ensure that researchers are supported and able to produce the solutions the world needs to address urgent challenges.

Planet

We take responsibility for our impact on the planet – our business operations are driven by our commitment to taking climate action. We’re both familiar with listening to and acting on the science and keen to help others to do the same.

Publishing

We make our biggest difference by widely sharing research that is immediately available, discoverable, understandable, usable and reusable for as many people as possible.

Planet

Environment:
managing our impacts

As a leading publisher of climate research, we are responsible for over 48,000 journal articles and chapters in this area since 2015. Take a look at our climate commitments.

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Publishing

Accelerating solutions
to urgent societal challenges

Research, learning and knowledge are the cornerstones of progress. But how can high-quality open research move the dial on solving urgent challenges? Read more about how the research we publish becomes the answers the world needs.

How we impact societal challenges

People

Supporting our people
and communities

We want our workforce to feel proud to work for us, and to develop and grow in the long term. Find out how we intend to make Springer Nature a great place to work for everyone.

How we support people and communities

People

Championing diversity,
equity and inclusion

In 2021, we widened the perspective and scope of our diversity, equity and inclusion activities. From running our first company-wide inclusion survey, to setting new representation goals – we’re going further.

Our efforts on DEI

Publishing

Using technology to
advance discovery
and learning

We believe that technology will help unlock the power of knowledge faster, for more people, at a lower cost and with a smaller impact on our planet. Explore this section to see our technological products, services and solutions in action.

How we use technology

Scientific American has been sharing science and technology news with the public for more than 175 years. The climate emergency is one of the scientific and social issues that we’re dedicated to covering, to help people better understand the challenge we’re up against, and the most promising solutions. Our publication and our publisher, Springer Nature Group, take this responsibility very seriously.

It’s hard to overstate the role of research and science in confronting the climate crisis. We need to understand what is happening and how we can take action to resolve or reverse it.

2021 was arguably the most important year for climate in a generation, with record-breaking climate disasters, the COP26 meeting in the midst of a pandemic and a critical Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. In 2021, more people realised we can no longer turn away from what the climate research was telling us. I’m pleased to see that, this year, Springer Nature’s Sustainable Business Report is focused on climate.

This report, Unlocking Potential, highlights the role that Springer Nature – as a publisher of research in many different formats and fields, reaching many different audiences – can have on climate action through the content it publishes. Publishers have a crucial role in the climate crisis. Editors are dedicated to finding, curating and amplifying high-quality, trustworthy research and helping to make sure it reaches the right audiences, including citizens, researchers across many fields, policymakers and governments.

The report outlines the steps Springer Nature has taken in finding and implementing climate solutions, both as a publisher and as a large multinational company with ambitions to reduce its environmental shadow. There’s more to do. Committing to set science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions is a good start, and Unlocking Potential sets out some of the next steps, so we can collectively contribute to the significant changes needed to hit the net zero goals that are so vital to protecting the environment and people around the world.”

Laura Helmuth, Editor in Chief of Scientific American

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