For a given practice to be considered "sustainable" it must be concerned with the short and long term impacts it has on people. A key point is that actions taken for economic efficiency or environmental protection is not made at the detriment of social equity or well being. There are several levels that can be addressed by this component of sustainability.
Many activities that affect people on campus are already regulated. Some of these activities include hiring practices, various procedures governing the handling of grievances, safety, security, accessibility, equal opportunity, handling of hazardous materials, indoor air quality, and procurement practices.
In a global sense social equity refers to a balance that allows people of all countries to enjoy the benefits of Earth's resources. Practically speaking, at a more local level, this translates to the various statutes protecting people's rights and providing a more level playing field for people of all persuasions to prosper. Some organizations have gone beyond the minimal legal requirements and have instituted policies that help less fortunate people advance. Employee development programs are a good example. Other examples include service projects aimed at improving areas of the local socioeconomic community that need help.
Social Well Being
As mentioned above, many activities relating to human well-being - safety, health, security - are already addressed in statutory requirements. In a larger sense this concepts deals with a person's quality of life. Additional policies and programs that can improve the quality of life for the people of an organization might include optional employee professional development programs, leadership training, health programs and resources, and improved architectural amenities and asthetics.