Springer Nature recently released its annual Responsible Business Report, offering an in-depth look at how we're taking steps to reduce the company's carbon footprint, promote an inclusive and diverse environment within the business, and forge links with the communities we serve. Read on for more highlights from this year's report.
As one of the world’s largest publishers of academic research, educational content and science journalism, Springer Nature plays an important role and contributes towards delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Springer Nature Grand Challenges Programme inspires greater collaboration across areas related to the SDGs, showcasing research addressing climate change, global health, the food–energy–water nexus, a digitally transformed world, and sustainable cities.
As the largest open access research publisher in the world, publishing more than 90,000 open access papers every year, Springer Nature does more than any other publisher to serve the changing needs of the research community. Through the SharedIt tool, the company enables researchers and media contacts to share subscription content free of charge. Springer Nature also invests in education and scientific research in places where it's needed but may not be affordable.
With women making up 56% of the workforce and with colleagues located in around 50 countries, Springer Nature truly is a diverse global organisation. But the gender and cultural balance decreases with seniority and varies by region. The company roadmap to address diversity and inclusion has lead to new programs in 2018, including unconscious bias training, mentoring and employee resource groups.
Springer Nature publishes the latest evidence-based research on climate change and other sustainability issues across many journals and books. But as a publisher, we are especially committed to reducing our carbon footprint. In the first year since we started monitoring our global footprint, we've lowered it by 18% (net) and we're working to reduce waste wherever possible, including making most books and journals print on-demand, meaning they're only printed when they're ordered.
In 2018, Springer Nature gave more than 870,000 Euro in donations and sponsorship to charities and organisations. As employees we also give our time towards projects that share our aims and support our local communities, including education projects, travel and childcare support for early-career researchers, and mentoring in academia.
To find out more about everything Springer Nature is doing to help solve the world's biggest challenges, read our complete 2018 Responsible Business Report.