Including social impacts in LCIA

Louise Camilla Dreyer, Michael Zwicky Hauschild, Jens Schierbeck, Claus Stig Pedersen

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    Sustainability management in industries is often defined by measuring the performance against the trippel bottom-line, People, Planet and Profit in business decisions. The product chain perspective inherent in LCA is very suitable for sustainability management but LCA methodology only considers environmental impacts and, therefore, recommendations based on LCA fail to address both social and economic concerns. This has raised questions about LCA's ability to support sustainable development decisions. In a research project carried out at Brødrene Hartmann A/S and the Technical University of Denmark a frameowork for social LCA is currently being developed. The project quantifies social impacts and makes them operational in the traditional LCIA framework by developing measureable indicators. These indicators are selected to provide a meaningful and sufficient overall description of social impacts of all activities in the product life cycle. Workersø fundamental rights, as defined by the ILO, are used as baseline in the method, and as a consequence, some of the issues addressed by the method are: child labour, discrimination, right to organise, and forced labour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSETAC Europe 14th Annual Meeting Prague, Czech Republic, 18-22 April 2004 : Abstracts, Environmental Science Solutions: A Pan-European Perspective
    Number of pages352
    Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
    PublisherSociety of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
    Publication date2004
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    EventSETAC Europe 14th annual meeting: Environmental science solutions: A Pan-European perspective - Prague, Czech Republic
    Duration: 18 Apr 200422 Apr 2004


    ConferenceSETAC Europe 14th annual meeting
    CountryCzech Republic


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