Social sustainability is one of the three dimensions of sustainability; the other two are environmental and economic. If social sustainability is the goal, the environment sets the boundaries while economy gives us the means to realize our objectives. To a large extent, the socially sustainable society is one characterised by well-being, justice and equality. A society centered on the needs of the individual. At Sweco, social sustainability is an integral part of urban planning. To create a just, equal and democratic society with a focus on the individual citizen, we strive to meet human needs – from an overall national and regional perspective down to the individual building. For example, what are the potential social consequences and benefits of a new public transport solution or new housing for the individual, for groups and for society as a whole? How can society’s resources be allocated in order to benefit all and how can they be utilized most efficiently? Questions like these are part of the assignments Sweco works with in the social sustainability area. By providing relevant statistical data and performing customised analyses, we help our clients to make decisions based on the best interests of people. We regularly plan and lead various dialogue and public participation processes, and see the dialogue as a decisive component of efforts to involve the public in urban planning.
Sweco proactively works to help create a socially sustainable society in which everyone, regardless of their physical ability, should have the same opportunity for involvement.
There are currently about one million people in Sweden with physical disabilities. Through the use of effective methods and tools, Sweco’s experts can plan physical environments that are more accessible for everyone. We possess a wide range of expertise and work with accessibility in buildings, outdoor environments, urban development, and in infrastructure and public transportation.
We have professionals who are certified experts in accessibly and who possess an intricate understanding of pedestrian assistance paths and spaces. We have developed an effective digital inventory method that allows our clients to conveniently visualise easily avoided outdoor obstacles. Accessibility expertise is in growing demand and we also offer customised training courses in the area. As an example, we train individuals who want to be authorised under the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning’s TIL 2 programme: certification of experts in accessibility