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Springer Nature commended for sustainability efforts at NYC office

Springer Nature's NYC office was honored by Oceanic Global for its commitment to sustainability

New York, 5 December 2019

Springer Nature - publisher of Scientific American and Nature Research - has been recognised for efforts being made to reduce its environmental impacts. Oceanic Global, has recently awarded Springer Nature its Ocean Champion award, which recognises the company’s commitment to adopting a holistic approach to sustainable operating practices, with a strong focus on eliminating single-use plastics.

An employee-run Green Office Network was created in 2018 to encourage environmental responsibility and action at Springer Nature’s offices worldwide. The Green Office Network is a key part of Springer Nature’s responsible business strategy to reduce its environmental footprint, promote an inclusive environment rich in diversity, and to forge links with the communities it serves. In the New York City office, at One New York Plaza, changes made have included the elimination of certain single-use plastic items, and the introduction of new recycling programmes. The NYC Green Office Network has more in store for 2020.

Myrtle Bannis, Head of US General Affairs, and John Vallecillo, Deputy Head of US General Affairs, said, “Springer Nature is honored to receive the Ocean Champion Badge from Oceanic Global. This is a testament to our commitment to sustainability. We look forward to working with our colleagues around the world to continue to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations."

Lea d'Auriol, Founder & Executive Director of Oceanic Global, said: “We are thrilled to award Springer Nature with the Ocean Champion badge of The Oceanic Standard for their demonstrated commitment to environmental health and promoting a healthy workplace and office culture. They have eliminated unnecessary single-use plastic items including cups, cutlery and dishware, switched to recycled paper-based shipping envelopes, and are collecting coffee pods to be recycled by TerraCycle.”

In addition, as part of its responsible business strategy Springer Nature has established a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Program 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 its publishing activities more visible to its key communities through a variety of channels.

Oceanic Global Foundation engages new audiences in ocean conservation. The non-profit taps into universal passions to raise awareness for issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change. Oceanic Global takes a uniquely creative approach to conservation, creating immersive experiences that engage local communities, amplify the efforts of synergistic groups, generate measurable impact and ignite global action. In 2018, Oceanic Global pioneered a toolkit for industry-specific sustainability solutions entitled The Oceanic Standard. Since its launch, the toolkit has been implemented by over 300 leading organizations and institutions worldwide. For more information, please visit https://oceanic.global/​.

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Erica Wong

Communications Manager

Springer Nature