Structure of a Net Positive Analysis for Supply Chain Social Impacts

  • Catherine Benoit NorrisEmail author
  • Gregory A. Norris
  • Lina Azuero
  • John Pflueger
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)


Net Positive may well be the buzzword of this decade. Beyond the noise, it has the potential to be a transformational movement, helping businesses to redefine their role in society, their social purpose. As an idea, it simplicity and candor make it both extremely attractive and powerful. It poses a great question and sets a challenge: Can we give more to the environment and society than we take? To be Net Positive a company (and its supply chain) handprint needs to be greater than its footprint. The Net Positive Project and Harvard SHINE have worked to clarify the Principles and methodology that can make the Net Positive concept both actionable and valid. This include defining handprints in a measurable way. In this paper, we are developing on the methods that can be used to assess the social Net Positive impacts. Reviewing and building on social life cycle assessment, we introduce a structure for Net Positive analysis of social impacts. This framework is meant to be practical, actionable and inclusive.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Benoit Norris
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gregory A. Norris
    • 1
  • Lina Azuero
    • 2
  • John Pflueger
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard School of Public HealthCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Dell TechnologiesRound RockUSA

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