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14th January 2021

Taylor & Francis joins the SDG Publishers Compact

SDG Publishers Compact

Taylor & Francis has signed the Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact, a pledge which features 10 action points to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. It affirms our ongoing commitment to sustainable practices and to champion the SDGs during this UN Decade of Action (2020-2030).

Annie Callanan, CEO of Taylor & Francis, says: “We are joining over 50 publishers worldwide who are part of the compact, and urge all of our peers to join us. This is a welcome initiative that gives us clarity on how to improve our business practices as they relate to the UN SDGs. We will be actively promoting and acquiring content that supports the SDGs, such as equality, sustainability, justice and safeguarding and strengthening the environment.”

One SDG goal that Taylor & Francis has committed to focus specifically on is Climate Action. Callanan says: “We are demonstrating our commitment to Climate Action by commissioning relevant content in this area across our book list and by prioritizing journal development in this area. We are also promoting content relevant to this SDG to a range of stakeholders who can use it to make a practical, positive difference to climate policy. In addition, we are minimizing our own carbon footprint by decreasing travel, looking at our supply chain, and committing to using renewable energy in our offices.”

This announcement follows on the heels of the launch of our Sustainable Development Goals Online platform that features an online library of over 12,000 articles and chapters – covering some of the world’s biggest ongoing challenges – as well as a selection of materials to help lecturers teach sustainability and enhance students’ satisfaction with their institutions.

For the third consecutive year Taylor & Francis’s parent company Informa has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index which ranks the performance of the world’s leading companies based on economic, environmental and social criteria. It is among the top 1% of large businesses in its sector when ranked on sustainability performance.

Ben Wielgus, Informa’s Head of Sustainability, says: “I’m really proud of our collective progress towards being an increasingly sustainable and responsible business. It’s an exciting time for us as we aim to embed sustainability in everything we do.” Informa’s approach to sustainability is called FasterForward, a five-year program committing us to a series of activities that will ensure the Group becomes an ever more sustainable business. These commitments include becoming a carbon neutral company by 2025 and a net zero carbon company by 2030 or sooner and embedding sustainability content into all of its brands by 2025.