Title: Social Life Cycle Assessment: State of the art and challenges for supporting product policies
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC99101
ISBN: 978-92-79-54054-7 (print)
978-92-79-54055-4 (PDF)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
Other Identifiers: EUR 27624
OP LB-NA-27624-EN-C (print)
OP LB-NA-27624-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC99101
DOI: 10.2788/53485
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Well-being is considered one of the main development goals of modern society. Assessing what could improve well-being and what may undermine it is a key element in public policies, looking at social benefit and impacts. Cultural elements, different values and lifestyles affect the way social issues are perceived. Moreover, social impacts along supply chains are increasingly assessed by different stakeholders, such as government, business and NGO’s. Life cycle-based methodologies have been developed to assess environmental impacts along supply chains, from extraction of raw materials to end of life of products. Social life cycle assessment (SLCA) integrates traditional life cycle assessment by having social aspects as focus. In fact, sustainability assessment requires that environmental, social and economic impacts and benefit are taken into account. The present report aims at presenting: i) the state of the art in Social Life Cycle Assessment, illustrating the main theoretical and methdological elements under discussion in scientific domain. ii) overlaps and synergies with traditional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) towards a common framework; iii) examples of application at macro scale (EU-28) and at sector scale (Metal sector) of a set of indicators.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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