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The role of social sustainability
Wed 11 May 2016, 11:00 – 13:00 BST
Sustainability has traditionally been considered an ecological or environmental issue, but in recent years social sustainability has started to gain increasing prominence in academic literature. However, what this means for the housing sector is not readily apparent.
Last year HACT published a white paper that summarises the academic literature on social sustainability and begins to give some suggestions for how it might be applicable in a housing sector context, alongside a short blog that discusses the rationale for considering social sustainability an important issue in times of straitened community investment budgets. As budgets respond to the challenging financial climate in the sector it is becoming increasingly important to carefully consider the long term implications of community investment cuts, both from a business perspective and in terms of a housing association’s social purpose. Social sustainability may offer a longer term lens through which to assess community investment budgets.
At this free event we will briefly summarise the white paper, presenting the thinking behind social sustainability, and its potential relevance to the housing sector as an analytical lens through which to view community investment budgets.
We will open the floor up for discussion, with attendees actively encouraged to share their thoughts on social sustainability generally, its relationship with housing providers and its potential role businesses going forward.
Please note that this event is for employees of housing providers.