The main task for the SLC Alliance is at present to conduct a revision of the Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) of products (SLCA Guidelines). Since the publication in 2009, the interest in social impact assessment of products and companies has dramatically increased. While the SLCA Guidelines and the methodological sheets have played a decisive role initiating the practice of Social Life Cycle Assessment, the landscape has greatly evolved since. We have seen the publication of several handbooks and the proliferation of case studies and implementations. Databases for Social LCA were made available and applied, while impact assessment methods were created and tested. The main reference still remains the SLCA Guidelines but it is evident that a revision is necessary to incorporate new methods, experiences and to better guide the users wishing to perform a Social LCA.
The revsion of the SLCA Guidelines is ongoing. The work has two phases. The first phase consists in the revision of the 2009 SLCA Guidelines. The revision process is organized in 5 stages for a publication and launch planned for August 2019 possibly at LCM 2019. Please see the attatched PDF of a meeting presentation in the SLC Alliance on September 19, 2017, to get more information of the work plan. However, it’s foreseen that there will be a delay in the time plan presented in this material. New time plan can be seen here:
The second phase – the road testing phase see us engage with companies and other organizations and apply the updated Guidelines on a range of products or organizations and industrial sectors. This phase has not yet started.