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How Social Footprints of Nations Can Assist in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Yanyan Xiao, Catherine Benoît Norris, Manfred Lenzen, Gregory Norris and Joy Murray

Ecological Economics, 2017, vol. 135, issue C, 55-65

Abstract: Our study illustrates how consumer social risk footprints can assist in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Combining the Social Hotspots Database (SHDB) and the Eora global multi-regional input-output table, we use input-output analysis to calculate a consumer social risk footprint (SF) of nations' imports. For our SFs, we select four indicators related to five of the UN's SDGs: gender equality (SDG 5 also 8.5 & 8.8); mother and child health (SDG 3, especially 3.1 & 3.2); governance (SDG 16, especially 16.5 & 16.6); and access to clean water (SDG 6, especially 6.1 & 6.2). After examining results for all four indicators we focus on gender equality to fully convey the value and limitations of using this method of analysis.

Keywords: social sustainability; input-output table; international trade; social footprint (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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