Social Life Cycle Assessment (sLCA) is a tool that provides a socio-economic assessment of organizations involved in the life cycle of a product. It focuses on businesses’ behaviour and on the relationships, they have with their stakeholders, such as their workers and the local community, in regard to a list of social issues of concern, going from working conditions and local engagement, to procurement policy and environmental practices.
Since 2010, peat producers have focused on the socio-economic aspects of the industry to continue their efforts towards true sustainable development. Thus, in 2012, the industry conducted a first sLCA to assess the social performance of peat production companies.
In 2015, the initiative was updated with an even more comprehensive assessment covering social and environmental aspects. The results are presented using 71 sustainable development indicators, classified according to the following eight dimensions:
– Economic Performance
– Local Community
– Responsible peatland management
– Environmental Integrity