Exploring the Locus of Social Sustainability Implementation: A South Asian Perspective on Planning for Sustainable Development

  • Usama AwanEmail author
  • Andrzej Kraslawski
  • Janne Huiskonen
  • Nazia Suleman
Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


Social sustainability is one of the keys to sustainable development. The social sustainability agenda is not easy to be achieved without implementing pro-buyer and pro- institutional policies. A sustainable development not only calls for environmental and economic sustainability but also for social sustainability that is the basis of sustainable development. Moreover, commonplace unsustainable consumption practices increasingly manifest in manufacturing firms in developing countries, making sustainable development management failures highly visible and institutions relevant. We employee Multiple-criteria decision-making (MCDM) approach to identify the critical factors that hinder the implementation of social sustainability performance. There exists a scarcity of investigations on appropriate planning regarding a global partnership for achieving SDGs in the area of sustainable development. This paper provides an empirical analysis of the many practices that implementing sustainable development goals (SDGs), SDG3, SDG5 and SDG17 pose, and contributes to sustainable development. To promote and meet the UNSD goals, it proposes adopting buyer requirements, improving institutional related policies are the most promising approaches to support and implementation of social sustainability. The aspects of social sustainability at manufacturing firms can be achieved primarily by buyer collaboration and better institutional policies. social sustainability has become a marketing tool and is becoming more important for all the companies, across all industries. We believe this paper is of interest to practitioners and academicians who deals with social sustainability initiatives at manufacturing firms.


Social sustainability initiatives Implementation Supply chain management Barriers Multiple-criteria decision-making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Usama Awan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrzej Kraslawski
    • 1
    • 2
  • Janne Huiskonen
    • 1
  • Nazia Suleman
    • 3
  1. 1.Industrial Engineering and Management, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of TechnologyLappeenrantaFinland
  2. 2.Department of Process and Environmental EngineeringLodz University of TechnologyLodzPoland
  3. 3.Department of HumanitiesCOMSATS University Islamabad, Vehari CampusVehariPakistan

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