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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.

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Supporting and amplifying the SDGs 

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.


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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. 

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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 recordings from the 2019 show coming soon.

#SpotOn19

For its 10th anniversary, SpotOn turned its attention to sustainability and hosted sessions in TWO locations. Stay tuned for 2019 conference outputs.

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.

2018 Responsible Business Report

2018 Responsible Business Report

We are making progress as a responsible business. In 2018, we reduced our carbon footprint, took steps to improve diversity and inclusion within our business and provided support to projects around the world.

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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 Grand Challenges PortalVisit the portal

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

The medical ecological context of children

The medical ecological context of children

Children are clearly resilient, no doubt, but immersion in impoverished, abusive, dangerous, neglectful and/or toxic environments pose challenges and imbalances to their health and well-being extending deep into adulthood.

Introducing Quality Management 4.0

Introducing Quality Management 4.0

In step with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the quality management ecosystem of the future will be predictive, not preventive—and driven by advanced digital technologies.

Advancing the SDGs through green finance

Advancing the SDGs through green finance

Our new Handbook of Green Finance covers a range of instruments, policies, and strategies for financing environmentally friendly investments.