A framework for assessing the social and economic impact of sustainable investments

Minna Räikkönen (Corresponding Author), Susanna Kunttu, Teuvo Uusitalo, Josu Takala, Shah Rukh Shakeel, Sara Tilabi, teppo Forss, Juha Koivunen

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    Abstract

    Investments towards sustainable development are vital for the future and they must be carefully planned to deliver immediate and long-term benefits. Hence, the ability to communicate the forms of impact of sustainable investments to local societies, people, investors and other stakeholders can provide a competitive advantage. However, the assessments are often under pressure to demonstrate short-term effects rather than emphasise the long-term impact. In addition, indirect and intangible forms of impacts should not be measured solely in economic terms. This paper proposes an assessment framework to support the integrated economic and social impact assessment of sustainable investments aimed at improving physical and socio-economic wellbeing. The framework is demonstrated in two case studies: new construction and renovation investments in affordable housing and social impact investment in sustainable development. The investments in the case studies are evaluated, selected and prioritized not only in terms of money but also with regard to sustainability, social acceptability and their overall impact on society, as a whole. The results indicate that a systematic integrated assessment of monetary and non-monetary factors can be successfully combined with the sustainable development decisions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-86
    JournalManagement and Production Engineering Review
    Volume7
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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    Economics
    Sustainable development
    Economic impact
    Sustainable investment
    Social sustainability
    Integrated assessment
    Investors
    Affordable housing
    Factors
    Intangibles
    Integrated
    Impact assessment
    Socio-economics
    Economic well-being
    Stakeholders
    Acceptability
    Competitive advantage

    Keywords

    • investment
    • impact
    • sustainable development
    • decision-making
    • assessment
    • affordable housing

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    Räikkönen, Minna ; Kunttu, Susanna ; Uusitalo, Teuvo ; Takala, Josu ; Shakeel, Shah Rukh ; Tilabi, Sara ; Forss, teppo ; Koivunen, Juha. / A framework for assessing the social and economic impact of sustainable investments. In: Management and Production Engineering Review. 2016 ; Vol. 7, No. 3. pp. 79-86.
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    In: Management and Production Engineering Review, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2016, p. 79-86.

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