SDG Progress and Driving Employee Engagement

Sponsored by Springer Nature

Recorded on 05/29/2024
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 386

In the final episode of this four-part series, Ritu Dhand, Chief Scientific Officer at Springer Nature, chats about increasing staff buy-in for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She details several efforts from Springer Nature including mandatory employee training, an SDG Impact Challenge, volunteer SDG working groups, and providing recognition via awards for SDG Heroes. As the 2030 deadline for meeting the SDGs fast approaches, Ritu further considers whether the glass is half-full or half-empty, offering reflections on industry and research progress thus far. She underscores the importance of building on increased awareness of the SDGs by spurring more action and engaging with those across the globe. Making a case for open source taxonomies for SDG research, Ritu closes by stressing that the current lack of standardized classifications disadvantages publishers since they often have to filter their content retroactively.


Our guest:

Ritu Dhand headshot

Ritu Dhand, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Springer Nature

Ritu Dhand was appointed Chief Scientific Officer, Springer Nature in January 2022. In this role, she is responsible for championing, promoting, and driving editorial excellence across the Springer Nature Journals Portfolio. Her remit also includes oversight of the Springer Nature SDG programme ensuring the research that has the potential to help achieve the Goals is accessible, published and has the attention of those best placed to implement it.

Previous to this role, Ritu was the Vice President, Nature Journals where she oversaw the editorial strategy and management of Nature, Nature Communications, and the Nature Research and Review Journals. Ritu joined Nature in January 1999 as the cancer and signalling editor and was promoted to the Chief Biological Sciences Editor, Nature in 2001 where she had oversight over content and managed the Nature life Sciences team for 13 years. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years studying cancer at PhD & post-doctoral level in research institutes within UCL and the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada.


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Check out our previous series with Springer Nature:
– Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
– Introducing Nature Mental Health
– Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIM) & Ethics
– Practical Sustainability


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