Responsibility to the Community

At Springer Nature, we want to advance discovery by enabling access to equitable, quality education and science – to help curious minds develop and grow. Around the world we invest time and money in projects that share our aims and have a positive impact on society.

We have created a framework for the contributions Springer Nature makes to the community. This draws together, under a common approach, programmes we support through financial or in-kind donations, or by encouraging our employees to volunteer their time. The framework explains how we we’ll help people and communities to Discover, Learn and Achieve.

Discover © iStock-530185374In 2017, we gave more than €570,000 in donations and sponsorships to charities and organisations to support projects and programmes that align with our aims – this includes education projects, travel and child-care support for early-career researchers, mentoring programmes for academics and more. In addition we distributed resources such as books and office equipment and supported free access to some of our journal content in developing countries, alongside other training and support services, as part of our membership of the Research4Life programme and collaborations with CGIAR and INASP.

Discover

Discover

The John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science is now in its sixth year – a joint initiative of Nature, the charity Sense about Science and the Kohn Foundation. This prestigious prize recognises the work of indicviduals who promote sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, facing difficulty or hostility in doing so. Sir John Maddox was the editor of Nature from 1968 to 1973 and from 1980 to 1995.  

Learn

Learn

Springer Nature has committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2018, which was launched at the turn of the year by the National Literacy Forum, a coalition led by the National Literacy Trust. One example of how we are fulfilling the pledge is our support for Civitas Schools. Each Saturday, the Springer Nature Saturday school, run by Civitas Schools, takes place in our offices, supporting 20-30 local children with booster classes in English and maths.

Achieve

Achieve

Mentoring is vitally important to help young scientists progress in their research and develop their professional capabilities. Nature has supported annual awards for outstanding scientific mentorship since 2005. Each year the awards focus on recognising mentors in a specific country or region. In 2017, the awards focused on Spain.

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. These include employees and their families, as well as other individuals who need the support of a charitable institution, through no fault of their own or for specific reasons.

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