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Download Springer Nature’s 2023 Sustainable Business Report

Sustainability Report 2023


At Springer Nature, our employees and our authors, respect the environment and the communities where we operate. Science and robust research are very importand to us, particularly where they are threatened.

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Responsible business practices

Our Codes of Conduct reflect our commitment to maintaining high ethical standards in our everyday interactions with colleagues, customers, partners and the wider public wherever we are.

Information to our suppliers

To address our suppliers needs we created a dedicated page. There you’ll find the relevant information you need to do business with us more effectively: working with Ariba, Springer Nature's commitment to managing its environmental impact, information about diversity, equity and inclusion, and our governance structure. Follow our suppliers page link for more information on how suppliers can do business with us:

Suppliers Page

Paper Policy

Springer Nature is committed to using only paper from sustainable sources for our printed products. The paper policy guidance for suppliers explains what this means, how our suppliers can comply and what information we need from our suppliers to monitor compliance with the policy.

Reporting concerns or breaches of the Codes of Conduct

Speak-Up-SystemEmployees, business partners, authors, suppliers, editors, customers and anyone else who wishes to raise concerns regarding potential or actual breaches of the Springer Nature Code of Conduct or Business Partner Code of Conduct are asked to do so via “Speak-Up”, our ‘whistleblowing’ reporting system. Questions and concerns may be submitted in any language.

Raising concerns about editorial or publishing matters

If your concern relates to editorial or publishing processes, or editorial integrity, you should first contact the Editor-in-Chief(s) responsible for the journal concerned and/or the Editor who handled the paper. Contact details and additional information can be found on the journal homepage. Alternatively concerns about editorial/integrity matters only can be reported to ethics.reporting@springernature.com

AI Principles

Springer Nature is commited to adopting and ethically-focused approach while designing, developing, and deploying and/or using AI based solutions.
We use AI solutions responsibly, making sure that we consider and mitigate any negative impact, be it societal or environmental.



Dignity, Respect and Minimising Harm

We prioritize human well-being and dignity, and take steps to prevent harm to society and the environment.

Fairness and Equity

We mitigate the potential for structural bias and inequities.


We disclose when and AI system is being used and explain our processes in accessible language.


We maintain human oversight of the development and outcomes generated by our AI tools and solutions.

Privacy and Data Governance

We safeguard personal privacy and follow all relevant data protection laws.

Learn more about our AI principles.

Responsible business reporting

Modern Slavery Act statement

The Springer Nature Modern Slavery Act statement is published in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It sets out the steps we have taken to assess the risk of and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking in our businesses and supply chains. The statement is made on behalf of the Springer Nature, which includes the following UK-based operating entities: Springer Nature Limited, Springer-Verlag London Limited, Biomed Central Limited and Springer Healthcare Limited.

For previous Modern Slavery Statements, please email communications@springernature.com

Tax strategy

Springer Nature is a responsible taxpayer. We recognise the need to contribute a fair share of tax in the jurisdictions in which we operate. Our tax strategy for the year ended 31 December 2023 is published here.

UK responsible business reporting

The following reports fulfil specific reporting requirements relevant to our business in the UK. Some of the reports cover our global operations, while others relate only to Springer Nature’s UK business.

Editorial and publishing policies