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Springer Nature Group takes action on disability inclusion by signing up to the Valuable 500

Springer Nature Group signs up to The Valuable 500, committing to do more to make a positive difference to disability inclusion.


London, 29 January 2021

Springer Nature Group has signed up to The Valuable 500, a global movement working to put disability inclusion on the business leadership agenda, marking another step in the development of its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. 


The Valuable 500 remains the only global CEO community dedicated to radically transforming the business system across the whole supply chain for the benefit of all those with a disability.


Springer Nature recognises that DEI is essential to achieving its mission of opening doors to discovery, enabling everyone at Springer Nature to contribute their best and thrive, and supporting more equitable outcomes in learning and advancing scholarship.


In joining the Valuable 500, Springer Nature is committing to taking further steps to ensure recruitment processes follow best practice for accessibility, will become a Disability Confident organisation in the UK and will continue to build and support global employee networks focused on disability and neurodiversity.  The company also plans to improve the content and platform experience for users with a disability. 


Frank Vrancken Peeters, Chief Executive Officer of Springer Nature Group said: “The inclusive culture at Springer Nature drives our ambition to increase and improve accessibility across the business and in all that we publish. By joining the Valuable 500 we are committing publicly to do more to make a positive difference to disability inclusion.” 


Caroline Casey, Founder of The Valuable 500, said: ““We are delighted that Springer Nature has signed up to The Valuable 500, demonstrating its commitment to taking action on disability inclusion in support of its employees, the communities it serves and wider society. We wholeheartedly welcome all the most recent members, at this critical tipping point as business is presented with a unique opportunity to remould and remake itself.”


Find out more: https://group.springernature.com/gp/group/taking-responsibility/diversity-inclusion

About Springer Nature Group

Springer Nature opens the doors to discovery for researchers, educators, clinicians and other professionals. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals, platforms and technology solutions reach millions of people. For over 175 years our brands and imprints have been a trusted source of knowledge to these communities and today, more than ever, we see it as our responsibility to ensure that fundamental knowledge can be found, verified, understood and used by our communities – enabling them to improve outcomes, make progress, and benefit the generations that follow.
 

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About The Valuable 500

Launched by social entrepreneur and activist Caroline Casey at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in January 2019, The Valuable 500 aims to put disability on the global business leadership agenda.

The Valuable 500 was created by Binc, the organisation founded by Caroline Casey in 2015, with a mission to ignite a historic global movement for a new age of business inclusion - capitalising on Caroline Casey’s 18-year track record of success engaging over 450 organisations. The campaign has won three awards: a Cannes Lion, D&AD, and a BIMA.

The goal is to persuade 500 multinational companies that have at least 1,000 employees to make a public commitment to advance disability inclusion in their organisation. By engaging the most influential business leaders and brands, we want to create a tipping point within business that unlocks the business, social and economic value of the 1.3 billion people living with disabilities around the world, and the millions of us who will become disabled over time

We believe that if business takes a lead, society and government will follow, truly inclusive businesses can build truly inclusive societies.

Find out more at https://www.thevaluable500.com/

Press contact

Thea Sherer

Director of Group Communications

Springer Nature

Thea.sherer@springernature.com 

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