Table of contents


  • Assessing sustainability... a long long way from home
  • Environmental impacts: can do better!
  • Social impacts: terra incognita
  • Let us dare to know a little more about our impacts!


Chapter 1. An alternative to life cycle CSR

Catherine Macombe & Alain Falque

  • I. History of CSR
  • II. How did CSR impose itself in LCA ta address social themes?
  • III. Principles a,d outputs of life cycle CSR
  • IV. Criticism of life CSR with regard to the LCA spirit
  • Conclusion

Chapter 2. Social life cycle assessment, for who and why?

Catherine Macombe & Denis Loeillet

  • I. Who commissions a social LCA study? Towards empathy and omniscience 
  • II. The original contributions of social LCA
  • III. The qualities required of social LCAs
  • IV. The limits of social LCA
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3. The functioning of a social life cycle and the perimeters of the study 

Catherine Macombe & Vincent Lagarde

  • I. Defining the social life cycle
  • II. Defining the functioning of the social life cycle
  • III. Defining the spatial and temporal perimeters and the actors affected 
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4. Social LCA and sustainable development

Pauline Feschet & Michel Garrabé

  • I. What is development? 
  • II. Sustainable development as the reference model?
  • III. The contribution of Amartya Sen
  • IV. A development model: multiple capital
  • V. Articulation of capitals and Capabilities
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5. A specific case: Capacities social LCA

Michel Garrabé & Pauline Feschet

  • I. General problem set of capacities SLCA
  • II. General principles of capacities SLCA
  • III. Overall schedule of capacities SLCA
  • IV. Identification of classes and sub-classe of capital
  • V. Identification of classes of potential capacities eff ects (CPCE)
  • VI. Identification and collection of internal information
  • VII. Identification and collection of external information
  • VIII. The diagnosis of Marginal Potential Capacity
  • IX. Estimation of effective variations in potential capacity
  • X. Agregation of PCE for the value chain and system indicators
  • XI. Effective Potential Capacities and Real Capacities

Chapter 6. Social life cycle value chain analysis practices

Charles Gillet & Denis Loeillet

  • a. SLCA for a value chain
  • b. Note regarding the evaluator’s position
  • I. Practice of problem definition
  • II. Conducting the survey
  • III. Articulation of the Multiple Capital Model and Economic Accounts
  • Discussion and conclusion

Chapter 7. How can one predict social effects and impacts?

Catherine Macombe

  • I. Can one proceed in the same way as ELCA?
  • II. Different types of pathways
  • Conclusion

General conclusion

  • Contents of the book
  • Summary of results per chapter and future research avenues
  • ELCA pathways and social LCA pathways
  • Message to our readers

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