Revision of Guidelines of the Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products

funded by the UNEP Life Cycle Initiative

The Guidelines revision is an activity of the Life Cycle Initiative 4th Phase and sponsored by the Life Cycle Initiative.
The aim of the project group is to launch the Social LCA Guidelines as UNEP publication in June in conjunction with the Social LCA conference in Gothenburg (June 17 2020).

The second phase (2019-2021) of the project consists in testing the updating guidelines in different industry sectors and in a wide range of organizations and products. Sectors such as textile, agriculture etc. Including broad ranges of regions and business sizes, and different levels of experiences with S-LCA and SOLCA. Also creating additional resources to help implement training material. (Q&A, advice, testimony examples) So new areas can be identified for future research and development.

More Information:

The new Guidelines were presented on January 21st, 2021 at 15:00 CET during an online panel discussion with representatives of different sectors. The associated documents (Methodological Sheets and Pilot Reports) will be published on 07 December 2021.
If you want to participate to the launch please write to Jose, Davis
The publication is already available for download on the Life Cycle Initiative website.

If you would like to know more about this project you can visit the two following websites:

Social LC Alliance including steering committee:
Harvard/New Earth
Institute of Sustainability for Civil Engineering (INaB), RWTH Aachen University
World Resources Forum
Swedish Technical Institute
Chair of Sustainable Engineering (SEE), Technische Universität Berlin

Co-Leaders: Marzia Traverso, Catherine Benoit und Matthias Finkbeiner

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marzia Traverso
Tel.: +492418022761

We are delighted to announce the successful launch of the Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Organizations 2020. 

The event, hosted entirely online, gathered 177 participants from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Participants were from various sectors, including Agriculture, Metal Production, Construction, Education, Food, Health services, Public Service, Transport, Research and Development, Environment, Circular Economy, NGOs, Logistics, Energy, Chemical Industry, and Biotechnology.
Watch the full event online

Few words on the Guidelines for S-LCA of Products and Organizations

Since its first edition in 2009, the practice of social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) has evolved from a small circle of academic practitioners to one that now includes stakeholders from industry, policymakers, and business. This means having updated information and guidelines that do not need a prior understanding of lifecycle approaches. It also means ensuring that the right tools are in the hands of those who can inform the decision-making processes. These updated Guidelines fulfills both these objectives.

Because different S-LCA methods have diverging purposes and applications, these 2020 Guidelines do not dictate one path but rather explain the strengths and challenges of different approaches to solve multiple questions. Each section defines the main steps, provides examples and directs the user to additional resources and references.

These new Guidelines are a helpful reference regardless if you are new to S-LCA methods or an expert.