The European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) has requested a study on the subject of “Social Sustainability – Concepts and Benchmarks”. The aim of the study is to provide the Members of the committee with expertise with respect to what this concept means and how it can be addressed in policy-making and legislation.

The first part of the study investigates what is meant by social sustainability, a concept that has varying interpretations, and look at how it can be measured/benchmarked.

The second part of the study looks at how the concept of social sustainability can be translated into the EU context.

The third part of the study describes the state of the debate on greater integration of social sustainability at EU level and investigate avenues for further action.