The greatest challenges of our time are spread over diverse topics. Environmental issues all of us think about when imagining our or our kid’s future, social problems we are facing in our daily life or governance decisions we are confronted with directly or experience indirectly. Tackling those challenges seems like an insurmountable barrier, but step by step these challenges can be approached and overcome
This blog is part of a series to accompany the publication of Springer Nature’s Sustainable Business Report 2022. It highlights just a few contributions the company has made towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the past year. The below covers Springer Nature’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in research we publish and within the company itself.
As a company for academic publishing Springer Nature takes these steps by contributing to sustainable development with publishing relevant research as well as by committing to an ethical and sustainable business, which treats people fairly and impartially. Elaborating on the management approach and the progress addressing our most environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges, Springer Nature has launched its annual Sustainable Business Report.
The action Springer Nature takes in support of delivering the SDGs, which cover the fight against a variety of these challenges, is also detailed in the report. The Nature Portfolio & Editorial Team especially focused on addressing social challenges, including Gender Equity and Racism through science with launching a diversity commitment. It describes how they increase gender diversity to amplify the voices and perspectives of people of underrepresented gender in research and draw attention to issues that are significantly impacting them. Two contributions to Inclusion are Nature’s guest editorial on racism in science and Nature’s first conference on diversity in research.
Gender equality in its depth is about achieving equity and equality of all genders and not defining people solely by their gender identity. Identity-based violence and discrimination, recognising the contributions of all people regardless of their gender identity, ensuring equitable representation, and providing equitable access to technology and economic resources are just a few goals to be achieved regarding gender equality. Springer Nature publishes research on that topic to help achieve SDG 5 and works to ensure a fair and impartial treatment of all genders. Another step towards gender equity is the conference Springer Nature held on this topic.
Springer Nature’s content and communities including the wide range of Springer Nature employee networks, reflect Springer Nature’s deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Cherishing these values in our organisation results in a fair treatment and inclusion of everyone regardless of their gender, skin colour, ethnicity, sexuality, or any other personal characteristic. Achieving this naturally results in a more pleasant work environment, which the employees as well as the company itself benefit from. We are listening to our people to identify where change is needed and initiate these changes to become a fully inclusive organisation.
These contributions and commitments are just part of what we do as a company to become a sustainable business. You can read more about that in the Sustainable Business Report.
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