The Sustainable Development Goals Programme

Delivering real progress against urgent societal needs

Springer Nature's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Programme aims to connect the researchers who are tackling the world’s toughest challenges with the practitioners in policy and business who desperately need those insights to achieve their goals in improving the world, by making our publishing activities more visible to our key communities through a variety of channels.

data © Springer Nature"The themes of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are inspirational to us at Springer Nature. Across our publishing and services and across the disciplines, we are focusing on helping researchers make the world a better place for future generations." -Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature 

Supporting and amplifying the SDGs 

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Our books and journals share the discoveries that address the world’s challenges of sustainable development. We are committed to opening up research and sharing it widely so that it reaches audiences who need it to address grand challenges.


Campaign Highlights

  • Sustainable Energy

    Sustainable Energy

  • NEW - Explore the SDG14 Hub - Life below water

    NEW - Explore the SDG14 Hub - Life below water

  • Polar Science

    Polar Science

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

    Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Earth Day

    Earth Day

  • Lifelong Learning and Equality in Education

    Lifelong Learning and Equality in Education

  • Engineering for Sustainable Development

    Engineering for Sustainable Development

  • Ebola in Focus

    Ebola in Focus

  • Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

    Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

  • World Water Day

    World Water Day

  • Academic Book Week 2020

    Academic Book Week 2020

  • Sustainable Cities

    Sustainable Cities

  • Suicide Prevention

    Suicide Prevention

Product Highlights

  • Nature Sustainability
  • 15893
  • 43621
  • 15486

Examining researcher attitudes to societal impact

In partnership with The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), we surveyed researchers globally to understand how they approach funding and communicating research, as well as how they measure societal and academic impact. Here the data is shared according to each SDG focus. Learn more about the overall project here.

Explore the profiles of SDG researchers

Based on a survey of over 9000 researchers, this collection of infographics presents global researcher attitudes to societal impact. Click the profiles below to explore the findings related to each SDG (view raw data here).

Sustainable Development Goals: Quality education

Sustainable Development Goals: Quality education

Sustainable Development Goals: Quality education

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Innovating to support the SDGs

We bring together research and other communities of people who are striving to solve grand challenges, in new partnerships and new ways of collaborating. 

Learn more about our upcoming events and new initiatives 

Science for a Sustainable Future

On October 8 2020, Springer Nature and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) will host a three hour global virtual conference that will bring together policymakers, government representatives, UN officials, as well as leading scientists from around the world. REGISTER NOW.

Towards societal impact through open research

Springer Nature and The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) have formed a new strategic partnership – in the form of a joint Impact Working Group (IWG). Click here to learn more.

Berlin Science Week Storytellers Show

An evening of cocktails, refreshments, and stories told by researchers themselves during Berlin Science Week. Stay tuned for registration information for our 2020 virtual show! 

Acting as a responsible business

We are addressing our own economic, environmental and social impacts and are reducing the impact Springer Nature has on the environment by cutting our carbon footprint. We have set targets to increase diversity and inclusion at our company and contribute to programmes to support the research and education communities we work with.

2019 Responsible Business Report

2019 Responsible Business Report

We are making progress as a responsible business and have a role to play in addressing the sustainable development goals. We have continued to reduce our carbon footprint and, by the end of 2020, we will be a carbon neutral company. In 2019, we took steps to improve diversity and inclusion within our business, and provided support to projects around the world.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

We recognise the need for greater diversity and inclusion (D&I) in our own workplace. We facilitate this in part through our Employee Networks, helping to connect and support people across the company. 


Related blogs and news articles

Read spotlights from our SDG expert interview series and learn more about other projects, initiatives, and happenings related to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Think global, act global

    Think global, act global

    During Global Goals Week 2019, we at Springer Nature are asking ourselves what we can do to help bring people together and to join the dots between research and the solutions we need to build a better, more sustainable world.

  • SDG Interview Series: Katie Dain on how researchers can make their work more accessible for policy makers

    SDG Interview Series: Katie Dain on how researchers can make their work more accessible for policy makers

    The CEO of the NCD Alliance shares her insight on how researchers, NGOs, and policy makers can best work together to improve worldwide health and sustainability.

  • SDG Interview Series: Cornelia Walther on addressing sustainability with a holistic perspective

    SDG Interview Series: Cornelia Walther on addressing sustainability with a holistic perspective

    Find out why Walther thinks non-profits need to change perspective to support sustainable development.

  • How China's eco-development can provide a guide for sustainable design worldwide

    How China's eco-development can provide a guide for sustainable design worldwide

    Authors Ali Cheshmehzangi and Wu Deng discuss how their book, Eco-development in China, supports the SDGs.

  • SDG Interview Series: Gilbert Rochon and Thierno Thiam on how Pan-African unity supports sustainability

    SDG Interview Series: Gilbert Rochon and Thierno Thiam on how Pan-African unity supports sustainability

    Learn how the authors' work is addressing the SDGs in multiple ways.

  • SDG Interview Series: Jerome Krase on how gentrification affects sustainable development

    SDG Interview Series: Jerome Krase on how gentrification affects sustainable development

    Part of the SDGs is to "leave no one behind," but many cities are currently failing at that.

The Springer Nature Sustainability CommunityVisit the Community for more content

The Springer Nature Sustainability Community supports our SDG Programme. Read recently published articles and thoughts from researchers working to solve the world's grand challenges. 

Fishing for marine debris

Fishing for marine debris

We show an overall decline in marine debris snagged by Hawai’i-based commercial pelagic longline vessels from 2008-2016. The debris was dominated by derelict fishing gear from other fisheries. We discuss possible mechanisms for the observed decline.

Integrating climate change in ocean planning

Integrating climate change in ocean planning

Few of the existing marine spatial plans consider climate change explicitly. We argue this is a critical oversight in a rapidly changing world and point to ways this could be addressed.

Plastic fallout from the North Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic fallout from the North Pacific Garbage Patch

The infamous ocean garbage patches forming on the surface of subtropical oceanic gyres illustrate that plastic is polluting the ocean on an unprecedented scale. In this study, we set out on a quest to shed new light on the long-term fate of floating plastic debris trapped in these giant vortices.