Policies and Reports

Here you can find downloads of key documents about our responsible business policies and reporting at Springer Nature, and links to other relevant information held elsewhere.

Download Springer Nature’s 2018 Responsible Business Report

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Our employees and our authors expect us to show respect for the environment and for the communities where we operate and to stand up for science and for robust research, especially where they are threatened.

Responsible business practices

Our Codes of Conduct reflect our commitment to maintaining high ethical standards in our everyday interactions with colleagues, customers, partners and the wider public wherever we are.

Code of Conduct

Reporting concerns or breaches of the Codes of Conduct

Speak-Up-SystemEmployees, business partners, authors, suppliers, editors, customers and anyone else who wishes to raise concerns regarding potential or actual breaches of the Springer Nature Code of Conduct or Business Partner Code of Conduct are asked to do so via our “Speak-Up” system. Questions and concerns may be submitted in any language.

Raising concerns about editorial or publishing matters

If your concern relates to editorial or publishing processes, or editorial integrity, you should first contact the Editor-in-Chief(s) responsible for the journal concerned and/or the Editor who handled the paper. Contact details and additional information can be found on the journal homepage. Alternatively concerns about editorial/integrity matters only can be reported to ethics.reporting@springernature.com

Responsible business reporting

Modern Slavery Act statement

The Springer Nature Modern Slavery Act statement is published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps we have taken to assess the risk of and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our businesses and supply chains. The statement is made on behalf of the Springer Nature group, which includes the following UK based operating entities: Springer Nature Limited, Springer-Verlag London Limited, Biomed Central Limited and Springer Healthcare Limited.

We share the reports for 2016, 2017 and 2018 below.

Tax strategy

Springer Nature is a responsible taxpayer. We recognize the need to contribute a fair share of tax in the jurisdictions in which we operate. Our tax strategy for the year ended 31 December 2018 is published here.

UK responsible business reporting

The following reports fulfil specific reporting requirements relevant to our business in the UK. Some of the reports cover our global operations, while others relate only to Springer Nature’s UK business.

Gender pay gap reporting for Springer Nature’s UK operations

Like other organisations in the UK, Springer Nature is publishing a report on the gender pay gap in our UK operations. This report contains a data snapshot taken in April 2018.

Editorial and publishing policies

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