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Resource ID: INDIGO-ARES-0078


The Social Footprint Method (SFM) is a context-based approach to measuring, managing and reporting the social sustainability performance of an organization. In this regard, the Social Footprint is simply a narrow application of Context-Based Sustainability, which in its broader form covers sustainability performance in all of its dimensions: social, economic and environmental.

It measures the gap between resources people need and resources organizations decide to produce.
Whereas sustainability in the case of ecological impacts is all about living within our means, sustainability in the case of our social (and economic) impacts is about creating and maintaining the means to live. What mainly differentiates the SFM from other sustainability accounting tools is the manner in which it measures and reports performance relative to organization-specific standards of performance (i.e., for impacts on anthro capitals). Such standards are set by reference to what an organization’s duties and obligations are to its stakeholders (by group) to have (or not have) impacts on anthro capitals in ways that can affect their well-being. No other sustainability method does this!

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Impact goal: SDG oriented, Social impact

Internal/external: Internal

Leader: Center for sustainable organizations

Method: Attribution, Observation, Operational data, Diff in diff statistical analysis

Output format: Quant but no index, Non monetary quant index

Scale: Micro

Sourcing: Self driven

Time frame: Ongoing

Type: Framework

Used in sectors: Impact investing, Social enterprises, Sustainability eco

Who: Third sector

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