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  1. Other leading intiatives on social metrics and reporting, such as Capitals Coalition and reporting guidance initiatives
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UNEP Guidance on Social LCA


Already in 2009, a group of experts developed the first UNEP Guidelines for Social LCA. Recently a major update was developed and published in three reports:

  • a Guidance document (with a similar scope as the Handbook + Methodology Guide)
  • the Methodological Sheets, which have a similar scope as the Social Topics Report.
  • the Report on Pilot Projects,…
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The EU funded Horizon 2020 project orienting, is developing and testing a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment methodology which combines 5 pillars

  1. Social LCA
  2. Environmental LCA
  3. Life Cycle Costing
  4. Circularity
  5. Supplyrisks.

In the social pillar many publications and datasources are evaluated and there is a genuine…

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Mancini et al., 2021. Assessing impacts of responsible sourcing initiatives for cobalt - Insights from a case study.pdf

Based on primary and secondary data collection and assessment of improvement against the requirements of responsible sourcing frameworks and sustainability assessment guidance (including Social…

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JRC, 2020. Responsible and sustainable sourcing of battery raw materials.pdf


An analysis of the responsible sourcing of battery raw materials risks, challenges and solutions, with a specific focus on the impacts of responsible cobalt production initiatives working with artisanal miners in the DRC. The analysis is broadly aligned with S-LCA methodologies, in particular at the level…

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Providing initial basic knowledge on different topics of sustainability  -  including potential product social impacts - Raising students' awareness of the need and the opportunities for start-ups as well as any company to either develop a sustainable business idea, or improve the sustainability performance of existing business ideas.


The Design Factory at Pforzheim University of Applied Science (…

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