European Union JRC Application of the SHDB

EU JRC: "Our analysis underscores the importance of a life cycle-based approach to understanding and managing social risk in support of policies for socially sustainable development"

Web Portal

“Timely and Tremendously Valuable! The SHDB fills a desperate need for detailed, comprehensive data on a wide range of working conditions that have been identified in both popular media and academic research. It unites historical and current data to allow academics and practitioners to monitor progress and identify areas of concern. Thanks for providing this resource to the global community!"
--Raymond Robertson, Professor of Economics, Macalester College, Analyst/researcher of ILO/IFC's Better Work Program

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"The Social Hotspots Database has the potential to be a game-changer for responsible supply chain management. It can serve as an invaluable tool for companies in their efforts to conduct hotspot risk assessments around complex social issues. It is a tool that should support not only supply chain managers, but has application as well for policy-makers, development organizations, and donors as well."
-- Steve Rochlin, Director and Global Head of Advisory Services, AccountAbility, and author

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"The Social Hotspots Database is a critical tool for helping consumers, manufacturers, and retailers understand the key labor and human rights risks in global supply chains, and ultimately improving them."
-- Dara O'Rourke, founder of GoodGuide, professor at UC Berkeley

Welcome to the Social Hotspots Database website, a unique resource for supply chain social impact investigation.

We offer tools

We offer Services

  • The Online User Portal : An analysis tool to research potential social impacts at the country and sector level.

If you are interested in a Live Webinar demonstrating the user portal                 Please Contact us to sign up.

For your convenience, here is a
How To Video.

  • SHDB system Licenses : Use the Social Hotspot Database in Life Cycle Assessment software. Based on GTAP Global Input-Output modeling that allows the user to model supply chains by country-specific-sectors, calculate labor intensity, and report on the share of worker hours at risk of social impacts.


Licenses are currently available for use  of the database in LCA software (Open LCA and Sima Pro). To purchase, submit this ORDER FORM to

New: Licenses now available in Quantis Suite. Contact us for details.

If you are interested in a Live Webinar demonstrating the use of the SHDB in the Sima Pro or in the openLCA software  Please Contact us to sign up.



  • Intelligence: We provide data driven evaluations−social due diligence, social footprint assessments, social sustainability reporting and Social Life Cycle Assessments with a supply chain focus that can be useful to companies, policy-makers and investors.
  • Training: We help practitioners to understand the relevant methodologies and tools and advise on how to apply them.
  • Strategy: We help organizations through the development of innovative solutions and partnerships to address social challenges and increase shared benefits.
    For more info, visit our
    Services page


Social Life Cycle Assessment

2017 Joint Conference ISIE and ISSST

The main goal of the workshop is to introduce and familiarize the group on Social Life Cycle Assessment. The workshop will cover the core concepts, the similarities and dis-similarities with environmental LCA, the methods, models, and applications of S-LCA. The workshop will present a couple of case studies and close with an exercise in social LCA.

For more info

 Reframing Human Rights Symposium

June 28-29 2017 at Bard College’s scenic campus (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

Registration is open!

This year’s program will assess the connection between human rights, human capital development and operational opportunity for resiliency & ROI.

Join us and engage with heads of operations, supply chain, CSR, sustainability, legal, audit, risk, compliance, governance and human resources, for a highly interactive and collaborative exploration on the value created through sustained company value.




Strategic Partnerships

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For more information visit the strategic partners page.