How Social Footprints of Nations Can Assist in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Catherine Benoît Norris,
Gregory Norris and
Ecological Economics, 2017, vol. 135, issue C, 55-65
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)
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