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Title: The role of manufacturing in affecting the social dimension of sustainability

Manufacturing affects all three dimensions of sustainability: economy, environment, and society. This paper addresses the last of these dimensions. It explores social impacts identified by national level social indicators, frameworks, and principles. The effects of manufacturing on social performance are framed for different stakeholder groups with associated social needs. Methodology development as well as various challenges for social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) are further examined. Efforts to integrate social and another dimension of sustainability are considered, with attention to globalization challenges, including offshoring and reshoring. The study concludes with a summary of key takeaways and promising directions for future work.
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  1. Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
  3. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Denmark, Lyngby (Denmark)
  5. ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0007-8506; PII: S0007850616301901; TRN: US1700153
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
CIRP Annals
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 65; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0007-8506
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; lifecycle; human aspect; social sustainability