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Assessing CSR and Applying Social Life Cycle Assessment: A case study on Biochemical Oxygen Demand Online Monitor
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Wuhan China and Borlänge Sweden collaborate to promote sustainable business growths. This thesis, being part of sustainable business project, aims to understand how business can contribute to sustainable development and explore mechanisms of social life cycle assessment. In an effort to answer research questions and further to achieve the general purpose, a BOD online monitor case study is described and analyzed by applying both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Data collection is based on interviews and documents. In the case of BOD online monitor, the thesis identifies Boffin and Universtar companies’ CSR levels. It also observes that SLCA method is able to discover Boffin and Universtar’s social performances at life cycle impact assessment stage and disclose online monitor’s social impacts at interpretation stage. The thesis finally concludes that business’ CSR level can be evaluated from three dimensions: companies’ goals on conducting business, business operation performances and resolved problems. SLCA method is able to disclose enterprises’ social performances, discover underlying factors that might hinder corporations’ ability to contribute to sustainable development and improve product’s social at the same time.

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2012. , 68 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 82
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Life Cycle Assessment, BOD Online Monitor, Social Impact Assessment, Social Performances
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182191OAI: diva2:558718
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-09-10, Norrland I, Department of Earth Sciences, Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2012-10-08 Created: 2012-10-04 Last updated: 2012-10-08Bibliographically approved

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