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Social Sustainability as a Target Figure in Life Cycle Assessment: Development of a Catalogue of Criteria for Measuring the Social Dimension

  • Claudia HöselEmail author
  • Christina Hesse
  • Rico Pestinger
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Part of the Sustainable Production, Life Cycle Engineering and Management book series (SPLCEM)

Abstract

In contrast to the ecological sustainability dimension, the social dimension in science is less concretized and operationalized due to the inherent characteristics of social themes. The subject areas of social sustainability are sometimes difficult to distinguish from one another and thus very complex, mostly affecting both the individual level and society as a whole. Companies that wish to monitor compliance with social aspects, are therefore faced with the challenge of mapping and thus developing clear criteria for describing the social sustainability dimension. In this article, currently effective frameworks, process guidelines and management approaches are analyzed in terms of content. The derived results show five main categories of interest in social sustainability, whereby each can be sub-divided into sub-categories. Only 17% of all criteria could be identified as quantified. In addition, it is determined that the allocation of available data in a company or supply chain is feasible for several categories or subcategories. On the other hand, the close link with economic indicators allows for flexible analysis of social sustainability based on existing data applicable to the developed set of criteria.

Keywords

Social sustainability Social indicators Social life cycle assessment Social sustainability management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Hösel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christina Hesse
    • 2
  • Rico Pestinger
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Competence, Communication and SportsMittweida University of Applied SciencesMittweidaGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Energy ManagementMittweida University of Applied SciencesMittweidaGermany

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