Springer Nature Group, the global publisher of brands such as Nature and Scientific American, has launched its latest annual Sustainable Business Report, Driven by Discovery. The report highlights the publisher’s increased support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action on climate in 2022.
One of the report's highlights is that 800,000 pieces of SDG-related research have been published by Springer Nature since 2015, with approximately 1 in 5 articles published over the last seven years being SDG related. The report also tracks how Springer Nature research is used in SDG policymaking for the first time, with 1,400 SDG related policy documents citing Springer Nature research in 2022.
Moreover, the report found that 50% of 3,000 surveyed authors, editors, librarians, and other users of its content agreed that the publisher is advancing the SDGs. The report also stated that business flights remain well below pre-pandemic levels, and Springer Nature offices report sustained reductions in emissions. Home working and commuting offset for the first time, reflecting established hybrid working practices.
The report also notes that colleagues made a significant difference to the publisher's sustainability activity last year. 95% of employees completed sustainable business training modules, and five new national chapters of the volunteer Green Office Network were created. A global SDG festival was held involving hundreds of colleagues who took collective steps to reduce their personal carbon emissions.
Director of Sustainability and Climate Action Officer, Thea Sherer, added that the report reflects the work and commitment across the organization in delivering on the company's vision to accelerate solutions to the world's urgent challenges.Click here to read the original press release.