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Social Justice

All people have equal rights and should have equal access to opportunities. That’s the principle of social justice and its linked concept, human rights.

Those ideals can seem abstract. But frameworks like the Sustainable Development Goals aim to translate social justice into concrete goals and metrics.

For businesses, addressing social justice includes treating workers fairly and engaging respectfully with communities. That approach benefits everyone. For example, employees, suppliers, and partners who feel respected and safe are more loyal and productive.

NBS guidance on social justice and social sustainability covers a host of topics, from the basics of employee and community engagement to ever-evolving issues like climate justice, modern slavery and inclusive workplaces.

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To limit their conflicts with local communities, managers of multinational corporations (MNCs) must consider three interrelated factors: power inequality, perception gaps and cultural context.

Managers can evaluate which are the most mutually-beneficial social causes to become involved with – and which ones their firm should avoid.

While most organizations approach community engagement in a 'transactional' way, the greatest value and competitive advantage is derived from more relational forms of engagement, which is harder to imitate.

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What Is Social Sustainability?

Devika Agarwal, Maya Fischhoff, Joe Gilvesy | December 13, 2021
Sustainable development requires social sustainability. Understand what it means and how your business can contribute.

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