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Social Sustainability in Trade and Development Policy

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Gregory Norris, Co-Director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE), co-authored Social Sustainability in Trade and Development Policy: A life cycle approach to understanding and managing social risk attributable to production and consumption in the EU-27.
 
Gregory joined researchers at the European Union's (EU) Joint Research Center and colleague Catherine Benoit in using the Social Hotspot Database together with EU trade statistics to look at supply chain risks for the EU-27 countries. 
 
The report underscores the importance of a life cycle-based approach to understanding and managing social risk in support of policies for socially sustainable development, and offers a powerful decision-support tool for policymakers seeking to better understand the magnitude of social risk associated with production in the EU. 
 
The methods described in the study can also be applied by companies to understand the social risks and opportunities in their own supply chains.
 
 

 

 

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January 29, 2014