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Emerald partners with Knowledge Unlatched to create an open access business management and economics eBooks collection aligned to the UN’s SDGs

10th May 2022

Emerald Publishing has partnered with Knowledge Unlatched (KU) to create and promote an open access eBook collection in the area of business management and economics.

The exclusive deal starts from 2023 and is the first open access partnership of its kind for the publisher within its eBooks portfolio. Through this deal, Emerald will include timely, relevant texts from across business and management disciplines, not currently offered as a collated collection through any other KU Partner Package.

All book titles in the ‘Emerald Publishing – Responsible Management and the SDGs’ package will also have a distinct focus on responding to and achieving the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on SDGs 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

Within the collection, titles will cover themes such as diversity, inclusion and gender and racial equity in the workplace, sustainable tourism and ending forced labour, and how businesses of all sizes are working towards the SDGs.

Sally Wilson, Publishing Director at Emerald Publishing, commented:

"We are delighted to partner with KU on this new collection. In its commitment to helping solve global challenges, Emerald has focused its commissioning activities on interdisciplinary, mission-led research that is aligned to its core Emerald goals that correspond to overlapping SDGs of Responsible Management, Healthier Lives, Quality Education for All, and Fairer Society. This collection will enable us to offer new OA book titles aligned to these core goals.

In 2021, Emerald also became a founding signatory of the UN’s SDGs Publishers Compact, which is designed to inspire action among publishers and accelerate progress to achieve the SDGs by 2030."

Sven Fund at Knowledge Unlatched, added: "This collection presents libraries with an outstanding opportunity to support development of business management and economics knowledge in response to multi or interdisciplinary SDG objectives. By pledging to this collection, libraries can help build the SDG blueprint of achieving a better and more sustainable future for all that is also open access to everyone."

To find out more about the collection or to pledge support visit KU’s website



About Emerald

Emerald Publishing provides a range of publishing services to help researchers tell their stories in a meaningful and timely way, providing innovative tools and services to build confidence and capability in impactful research. As a proud signatory of DORA, Emerald is committed to establishing new pathways to impact, making research more accessible, and helping communities make decisions that change their world for the better.

For over 50 years Emerald’s core purpose has been to champion fresh thinkers and help them make a difference so that little by little those in academia or in practice can unite to bring positive change in the real world. Emerald Publishing is delighted to be named Independent Publisher of the Year and Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year in the Independent Publishers Guild 2020 Independent Publishing Awards.

Notes on Emerald Publishing and usage during COVID-19  

At present we are living in a difficult and uncertain time around the world, as we face the fight against COVID-19. Now, more than ever, people need quick and easy online access to the information we publish on Emerald Insight and the opportunities to share their research, so we are keen to ensure that all of our users have access to research, even if institutions are closed. To help with any issues, and keep people up to date with new information we launched our Customer Support Portal. 

We have made research on COVID-19, the management of epidemics and pandemics, and supply chain management free for anyone to access and have also made this available with full text and data mining rights to PubMed Central and the World Health Organisation repository. We will continue to make relevant research freely available on this site. 


Rebecca Torr
PR and Content Manager
Emerald Publishing
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