Social Life Cycle Assessment

Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) is an emerging methodology that enables the comprehensive evaluation of social impacts stemming from an organization, system, or product throughout its entire life cycle. Unlike traditional environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standards (ISO 14040 & 14044), which predominantly focus on ecological impacts, S-LCA addresses the critical social aspects that are integral to achieving true & holistic sustainability. 

S-LCA shifts its focus towards these often overlooked factors, allowing for the identification of both positive social impacts and potential negative ones, so called risks, that may arise. 

At YAGHMA, we specialize in conducting S-LCA to pinpoint areas of social impact that may pose risks, that require appropriate mitigation strategies. We align ourselves with the leading framework outlined by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2020, which encompasses four pivotal phases: 

  • Goal and Scope Definition: Establishing the parameters for the S-LCA, outlining its overarching objectives, and identifying relevant stakeholder and impact categories. 
  • Life Cycle Inventory Analysis: Gathering pertinent data for a comprehensive view of the life cycle.
  • Life Cycle Impact Assessment: Assessing the social impacts throughout the life cycle.
  • Interpretation of Results: Validating and weighting our findings through a materiality assessment, ensuring an objective outcome tailored to all stakeholders involved.