Workshop Social Life Cycle Assessment: Assessing social impacts in the product life cycle

Workshop from SETAC Europe 18th LCA Case Study Symposium
26-28 November 2012

Since the publication of the UNEP-SETAC Guidelines on Social LCA 2009, a number of important contributions have been made to elaborate this proposed methodological framework and to explore its feasibility in several case studies. Reviews of this literature point to several challenges when applying the methodological steps of Environmental LCA to social impacts. Recent contributions transgress the LCA community and relate e.g. to concepts and measurement of human well-being and global value chain analysis. More fundamental questions are raised on the objective and validity when capturing social impacts throughout the phases of the product life cycle. 

The objective of the workshop is to critically review current efforts and to define an updated research agenda for assessing social impacts in the product life cycle. A full programme can be seen here.

Chair: Arne Wangel, DTU, Denmark
Co-chair: Kossara Kisheva, DTU, Denmark