About the Social Hotspots Database License

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From the outset, the SHDB project adopted the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) sector categorization system because the risk data have been linked to a static, 113-region Input/Output model, which we extracted from the GTAP 7 database. 

This input/output model is used to provide estimates of sector- and country-specific activity in product supply chains.  Also, the research team at New Earth compiled and used wage rate data, for skilled and unskilled labor, by sector and region, in order to convert GTAP data on wage payments into estimates of worker-hours, skilled and unskilled, for each sector in each GTAP country/region.  These labor hour intensity factors are used together with the social risk level characterizations, in order to express social risks and opportunities in terms of work-hours, by sector and country, at a given level of risk relative to each of over 100 different indicators.  This data and modeling system have been applied in practical applications to identify “social hotspots” within the supply chains for more than 100 different specific product categories, in applications for The Sustainability Consortium

The full database has now been made available for use by all interested analysts.  It has been converted to a form usable within software for computing and assessing supply chain and “life cycle” impacts.  One of these software tools, used by practitioners of “Life Cycle Assessment” (LCA), is a freely available open source tool called OpenLCA, provided by the firm GreenDelta in Berlin, Germany.

This tool can be downloaded from the GreenDelta website, and users can also purchase a license for the Social Hotspot Database through that website.  License fees include a payment to the GTAP project, and as with the full GTAP database, pricing offers discounts to academics and non-profits, and based on country income.

The database system is also available for use in the Sima Pro software.

Users of the database will be able to do assessments such as the following:

* Select a product category, sold in a given country, and estimate the global supply chain for it, based on GTAP trade data, in a static global IO model (113 regions, 57 sectors each)

* Estimate the worker-hours associated with each of the “country-specific sectors” in the supply chain; this helps identify what we might call “work hotspots” in the supply chain.

* Identify processes with significant worker-hours which are also at elevated risk relative to specific indicators relating to human rights, worker treatment, poverty, community impacts, and governance.

Database Pricing 



Lower-Middle Income Country1

Low-income country1

Public/private Sector




Single Academic




Multiple Academic




1For the classification of countries please see the order form. Please note that only the country of the end user is considered.

The SHDB allows assessments which address nearly all of the social themes which are identified in the UNEP guidelines for S-LCA.The SHDB is the first database for performing “Social Life Cycle Assessment” (S-LCA). International guidelines for S-LCA were published by UNEP in 2009, and can be found in our publication section and on the UNEP Life Cycle Initiative website

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