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Social Life Cycle Analysis

Social life cycle analysis (sLCA) is a new tool based on the PNUE/SETAC’s Guidelines for social life cycle assessment of products (2009) that provides a socioeconomic assessment of the organizations involved in a product’s life cycle. It focuses on businesses’ behaviour and on the relationships they have with their stakeholders, such as their workers and the local community, in regards to a list of social issues of concern, going from working conditions and local engagement, to procurement policy and environmental practices.

Peat producers have recently focused on the socioeconomic aspects of the industry to further their efforts toward true sustainable development. Thus, in 2011 and 2012, the industry conducted Social Life Cycle Analysis (S-LCA) in order to assess the social performance of peat producing companies.

Download the sLCA Product Fact Sheet