SHDB can serve as a valuable tool to conduct risk assessments around complex social issues.


It is a tool that supports not only supply chain managers, but has applications for policy-makers, development organizations, investors and donors as well. This information is not produced to provide incentive to divestment in high-risk regions. On the contrary, the data made available should direct attention to social issues that are in need of enhanced engagement.


When you conduct S-ROI analysis, you must capture relevant data in a tool that allows you to analyze potential returns from an environmental, social and financial perspective, for each stakeholder involved. Typically, an S-ROI engagement involves an in-person workshop where multiple affected stakeholders gather physically in a room to assess a project or situation. The 3Pillars software platform, developed by EarthShift, was designed to facilitate S-ROI assessments using advanced uncertainty and probability analysis, and social networking tools.


3Pillars enables a facilitator to enter and analyze data from an S-ROI workshop or to open up a virtual discussion to take the place of the workshop. Alternatives, scenarios, and costs and benefits are easily entered into a simple and intuitive graphic user interface.


 Examples of  SHDB applications are listed below:


  • Prioritize site-specific data collection and audits.

  • Produce product category and commodity sustainability assessment.

  • Inform Socially Responsible purchasing processes (e.g. questions to be asked when sourcing).

  • Advise investment opportunities.

  • Provide perspective and context to site-specific assessment results and sustainability reporting.

  • Develop sponsored programs designed to improve the social conditions of production.

  • Communicate about governmental policy and programs.

  • Assess/report on the scope of a certification or social footprint results.

  • Educate about the social conditions of production.

In particular, recent applications of the SHDB by our users include:


  • Project sustainability assessments: a UK university used it for a biorefinery sustainability assessment. A large number of consultants and academics located on 4 continents report using the SHDB portal in their projects.

  • Supply chain social due diligence: the US Cradle to Cradle Institute certification encourages participating companies to use the SHDB to conduct supply chain social risk reviews.

  • Trading partners sustainability performance assessment: an EU government agency is using the tool to perform an initial assessment.

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Different price options are available depending on country development and affiliation however only Australian prices are shown below. There is separate pricing for the SHDB and annual service contracts.


Prices - All prices in Australian dollars excluding GST


Database pricing for Australia


Licence types

Public / Private sector                             $9,828

Public / Private sector additional             $4,914

Multiple academic                                   $7,020

Single academic                                     $4,212


Service contracts

Public / Private sector                             $4,212

Public / Private sector additional             $2,457

Multiple academic                                   $3,159

Single academic                                      $2,106