ENVR E-153: Social Responsibility in Product Supply Chains
In recent years, social impacts of products and trade have risen in the agendas of policy makers, investors, and corporations. A powerful accountability framework, the United Nations guiding principles, and a widely acclaimed blueprint to guide businesses and governments strategic priorities and efforts towards society, the UN's sustainable development goals, represent a huge opportunity to drive socially sustainable business. With a focus on supply chains, this course provides a detailed background on business and human rights, social responsibility (SR), corporate sustainability strategy, and social life cycle assessment (LCA). We cover both SR issues and why they matter and SR instruments and how they are applied and explore approaches that can make a difference. Students experience processes and methods to identify supply chains' salient social impacts, and become reflective about their strengths and weaknesses. Students also become knowledgeable practitioners of social LCA, able to appropriately apply LCA software and social LCA databases to deliver a social footprint.