Responsible Business

Find out more about how we manage our environmental and social impacts and the progress we are making.

Springer Nature works closely with a large global community of academic researchers and educators who, through their work, want to leave the world better than they found it, to solve problems and to disseminate their ideas. We work to reduce our environmental footprint, to promote an inclusive environment rich in diversity and to forge links with the communities we serve.

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Working together to solve the world´s biggest challenges.

As one of the world’s largest publishers of research and education content, our responsible business strategy focuses on what we do to advance learning and discovery and how we do it as a company of around 13,000 colleagues. We focus on three areas.

Addressing grand challenges

Addressing grand challenges

We publish trusted, evidence-based research that address the world’s biggest challenges. We consider, actively manage and report on the operational impacts of our business, including our carbon emissions, paper sourcing and labour standards in our supply chain to make sure we are lessening our footprint on the planet and treating people fairly.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

We recognise the need for greater diversity and inclusion (D&I) in our own workplace. In 2018 we set a target that by 2023 45% of those in our global leadership roles will be women.

We also seek to collaborate with research communities and positively contribute to improvements in D&I in science.

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Robust research, openly accessible

Robust research, openly accessible

Our long commitment to open access research means that today we are by far the largest open access research publisher - publishing more than 90,000 open access articles in 2018. We make academic research freely accessible and discoverable through partnerships, innovation and collaboration with communities.

Access to research from developing countries

We invest in education and scientific research in places where it’s needed, but where people may not be able to afford it. We achieve this by working globally with organisations such as Research4Life, CGIAR and INASP. Springer Nature offers low-fee and sometimes no-cost access to research. These programmes help to reduce the scientific knowledge gap between industrialised countries and the developing world.

Knowledge of agricultural science

Knowledge of agricultural science

Working with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

Information flow between countries

Information flow between countries

Supporting the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications.

Reducing the knowledge gap

Reducing the knowledge gap

Research4Life provides the developing world with access to critical scientific research.

Responsibility across Springer Nature

Research integrity

Research integrity

Springer Nature subscribes to the COPE principles in handling cases of research and publication misconduct.

Code of Conduct for editors

Code of Conduct for editors

We have a Code of Conduct for editors-in-chief, which sets out standards we expect from our external editors in relation to publication ethics.

Peer reviewers enabling clean water

Peer reviewers enabling clean water

Partnering with Filter of Hope to bring water filters to communities that need them.

Julius Springer Charitable Fund

Julius Springer Charitable Fund

The charitable organization Julius Springer Charitable Fund e.V. provides active financial support for people in need.

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