Call for short presentations for DF 68 – DF 70:
You work on a topic relevant to one of the Discussion Fora in 2018 and wish to present your findings?
"Open floor" sessions for short presentations will be available in each forum. Please contact the LCA Discussion Forum secretariat – the sooner the better.
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DF 70 — Social LCA – Challenges and solutions in application and implementation.
Thursday, 22 November 2018, ETH Zürich, Alumni Pavillon
(The official language of this event is English.)
Compared to environmental LCA, social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) is a young area with high potential for research and development. Besides new scientific findings and advances, e.g. regarding social life cycle inventories, impact assessment methods, assessment of positive impacts, databases etc., S-LCA has found its way into policy, industry and trade/ business.
The call for more socially acceptable products with reliable information on their social impacts is getting louder and cannot be ignored by governments and industry much longer. Especially in developing countries, the method is of high political interest. It is considered as a possibility to combat social inequality, unfair working conditions etc., and to promote more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. In developed countries, the claim for sustainable production, e.g. in the food sector, requires the consideration of social impacts in addition to the traditional environmental based LCA. Pioneer companies and organisations have already implemented specific approaches for the social LCA of their products.
The forum will cover both theoretical and practical approaches, presenting methodological progress and disseminating S-LCA applications. To begin with, the state-of-the-art of S-LCA and current research foci and progress will be outlined. The application of the method will be showcased by practical case studies for different economic sectors. Another block will expose concrete, individualized examples of the interpretation and implementation of S-LCA in businesses and policy. In this context, the challenges and obstacles actors along the value chains are facing are of special interest. The forum will offer ample time for fruitful discussions about the outlined and future steps.