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
Short Course

Social Footprinting & Hotspot Analysis 

Trainer: João Fontes (PRé) & Catherine Benoît Norris (New Earth)
Deadline to register: April 10th 2016
Start of the couse: May 10th 2016, 
Price: 1450 Euros
Requirements: Laptop

SLCA 2016

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5th International Social Life Cycle Assessment Conference June 13-15, 2016 (Cambridge, USA)

Registration is open!

The seminar theme ‘Moving markets on social sustainability’ aims to foster a synergy between the worlds of research and business. It provides a forum to exchange and discuss advances in social life cycle assessment.

More information on the 5th international Social LCA conference can be found at the Conference website





Strategic Partnerships

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For more information visit the strategic partners page.