Our values and ways of working

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    Trust each other and engage to build strong relationships – inviting and respecting different perspectives, working well together and recognising the contributions of all.

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    Activate change and accelerate our potential. Be agile and adaptable, open to new ideas, and embrace opportunities to develop and succeed.

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    Deliver on our promises and priorities and inspire through our actions. Be a role model for others – fair, respectful and true to ourselves.

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    Do the right thing for all our communities and champion diversity, equity and inclusion. Play your part in ensuring we act as a responsible business, driving sustainable progress and recognising the ideas and opinions of all.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

We are deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within our organisation, in our content and in our communities.

2022 DEI highlights

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#1 Diversity Team of the Year at the British Diversity Awards

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41% women in leadership roles

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8 DEI employee networks and Green Office Network

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>70 mentor and mentee pairs took part in our DEI mentoring programme

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New goal introduced for global race and ethnicity representation

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DEI Learning Journey Curriculum building began

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New Jewish Employees Network

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Launched our ‘Life at Springer Nature’ podcast

Case study

Generation valuable

Springer Nature is one of 75 companies taking part in a brand new programme from The Valuable 500 to develop the next generation of leaders with disabilities: Generation Valuable. The initiative pairs a mentee with a disability with a mentor at executive team level to gain insights into senior leadership, and to help with the knowledge, access and tools needed to facilitate professional growth.

Jude Robinson, Global Head of Front End Development at Springer Nature and Generation Valuable mentee. In 2023, Jude will be mentored by our Chief Commercial Officer, Carolyn Honour:

“As the Generation Valuable mentee, I’ll be helping to promote accessibility and inclusion as an opportunity for innovation. Embedding that mindset into our culture, and focusing on progress before perfection, is already resulting in really positive outcomes, and I’m looking forward to working with Carolyn to build on that.”

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Case study

Women in science awards 2022

The Inspiring Women in Science awards held by Nature in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies celebrate and support the achievements of women in science.

Science Outreach winners: The Tem Menina no Circuito initiative, founded by three female physics professors in Brazil to motivate girls to enjoy science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Scientific Achievement winner: Kizzmekia Corbett, whose work led to the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Hear more from the winners and see the highlights of the ceremony.

Lisa Napolione, Senior Vice President, Global Research & Development at The Estée Lauder Companies:

“On behalf of The Estée Lauder Companies, I am thrilled that we are celebrating the fifth year of these incredible awards that promote gender equality in STEM research and outreach. As a female-founded company, we believe it is imperative for women and girls to have the resources they need to reach their highest potential.”

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The power of education

Macmillan Education launched Advancing Futures in 2022, a comprehensive educational programme designed to introduce the topics of global citizenship, sustainability and DEI into classrooms around the world.

Advancing Futures is an integral part of how Macmillan Education is delivering its 180-year-old ambition: to support teachers to inspire the next generation and to use the power of education to have a positive impact on society.

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Supporting charitable causes

We partner with others who contribute positively to the research, health, education and professional communities that we work with, and make donations to causes that align with our aims.

2022 highlights

  • Donated approximately €0.00 million in finance and sponsorship to charities and organisations
  • Sponsored 0 research bursaries with In2ScienceUK
  • Supported the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Generations Fund

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The Ukraine invasion: our response

When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, our immediate response was to look at ways we could support our small number of colleagues based in Kyiv and Kharkov financially, practically and emotionally.

Springer Nature employees collaborated internationally to help those affected. The team at Macmillan Poland coordinated with their colleagues in Spain to organise donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene products, sending 52 boxes for distribution among Ukrainian refugees. They also delivered free books for students and designed infographics in multiple languages covering basic vocabulary.

We also worked with the Philip Schwartz Initiative to set up a dedicated emergency fund for researchers who had fled to Germany from Ukraine. Following our initial donation of €250,000, the foundation has since reached a total of €1.25 million and made grants available for 35 scholars and their families. To support refugees, in particular children and healthcare workers in and around Ukraine, we donated a further €300,000.

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