Springer Nature diversity task force
We embrace diversity and foster inclusion because it makes us stronger and provides greater opportunities for our people and our business. Since the end of 2016, a global Springer Nature diversity task force has been working to understand what the diversity challenges are for us as an organisation, and what we can do to be more diverse and more inclusive. We’re already a diverse organisation: 56% of our employees are female – which compares well with our benchmark companies – and we have employees in around 50 countries. But, like our benchmark group, the gender and cultural balance decreases with seniority and varies by region: for example, 41% of those in the three tiers of the organisation that include the management board and the next two reporting levels (comprising 303 of our approximately 13,000 staff) are women. Of this group, 68% are of European nationality, which doesn’t yet reflect our spread of revenues or staff numbers around the world. We value local market and regionally specific knowledge and, around the world, most of our management teams have been hired locally and come from the region in which they are working and leading teams.
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy
During 2017, our supervisory board and management board committed to launching a new diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy, with a focus on how we promote both gender and cultural diversity in all our global decision-making bodies and other influential groups. We strive for a holistic view on all the ways we are different and we want to nurture diversity in its many dimensions. Our new global director of D&I will take this strategy forward in 2018. The director will work closely with a D&I council of senior leaders, chaired by our general counsel, and a D&I advisory group, supported by D&I advocates and employee resources groups (employees who volunteer to support a specific initiative) representing many areas of the company.