When talking about sustainable development, three elements of sustainability are often mentioned: environmental, economic and social sustainability. To gain and maintain a democratic, sustainable and resilient society, the three parts of sustainability are equally important.
Social sustainability focuses on individuals’ quality of life and how a sustainable, healthy and just society can be created where everyone is included, regardless of gender, sex, background or disability.
A part of social sustainability is to involve citizens, which is expected to lead to increased understanding, engagement and knowledge. Depending on the local context, different issues are prioritized.
Sweden is engaged in a wide range of issues related to social sustainability, where human rights are at the core. Sweden is ranked as one of the best countries when it comes to gender equality and is home to many entrepreneurs and start-ups within social innovation.