Social Impacts and life cycle assessment: proposals for methodological development for SMEs in the European food and drink sector

J. Smith, David Barling

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Abstract

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99 % of companies operating in the European food and drink industry and, often, are part of highly fragmented and complex food chains. The article focuses on the development of a social impact assessment methodology for SMEs in selected food and drink products as part of the EU-FP7 SENSE research project. The proposed methodology employs a top-down and bottom-up approach and focuses on labour rights/working conditions along the product supply chain as the key social impact indicator, limiting key stakeholder classification to workers/employees and local communities impacted by the production process. Problems related to this emerging field are discussed, and questions for further research are expounded
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)944-949
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
Volume19
Issue number4
Early online date14 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Food and drink sector
  • life cycle assessment
  • methodologies
  • S-LCA
  • SMEs
  • social impacts

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