Springer Nature’s Sustainable Business programme focuses on the areas where our work can have the greatest positive impact.
Since the UN Sustainable Development Goals were first published in 2015, Springer Nature has published more than 300,000 relevant articles or book chapters, which collectively have been downloaded more than 750 million times.
We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission of opening doors to discovery. We recognise that systemic barriers to equality exist and we want to play our part; by acting purposefully we will achieve meaningful change. In 2020, we made strong progress towards our target of 45% of our global leaders being women by 2023.
In 2020, our technology enabled us to deliver over three billion online article and book chapter downloads from our platforms – that’s 15 downloads for each of the approximately 200 million university students and researchers in the world. We believe that technology will help us to unlock the power of knowledge faster, for more people, at a lower cost and with a smaller impact on our planet.
During 2020, a year of unique challenges, we replaced our leadership principles with Ways of Working that express the qualities that we believe are necessary to deliver Springer Nature’s mission of opening doors to discovery. 80% of our colleagues say they are happy to work for Springer Nature.
In 2020, Springer Nature became, for the first time, net carbon neutral taking into account emissions associated with our offices, fleet and flights. We achieved this by purchasing green energy, reducing our energy consumption and by offsetting other carbon emissions. As publishers of the latest in climate research, we are committed to raising awareness about climate change impacts and mitigation, including with our approximately 10,000 colleagues.