“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
"I’ve been blogging about the need for full transparency in supply chains regarding the environmental, health, and social impacts of the stuff we buy. Such transparency would use the new science of life cycle analysis (LCA), and give us data on the impacts of a product at every step along the way. These would include “social hotspots,” the places where supply chains are most likely to include terrible treatment of workers, like that in the Bangladesh factories. Any company caught in the headlights of the next factory collapse, child labor scandal or the like, will suffer a huge hit in reputation among stockholders and shoppers alike. And rightfully so." -Dan Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence
"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
"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.
A Live Webinar demonstrating the user portal will be held on Jun 14 (10am EDT). Please Contact us to sign up.
If you cannot attend one of our Live Webinars, here is a convenient
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. To purchase, submit this ORDER FORM to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Live Webinar demonstrating the use of the SHDB in openLCA software will be held on June 28th (11am EDT). 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.
For more info, visit our Services page
Social Life Cycle Assessment
ONLINE Short Course
A 2 half-day educational program to be held June 27th-28th, 11am-3pm EDT or July 16th-17th, 8am-12pm EDT.
Find out details on the S-LCA Short Course page and/or Contact us for inquiries or to sign up.
For more information visit the strategic partners page.