Sustainability (Aug 2013)

Social Life Cycle Assessment as a Management Tool: Methodology for Application in Tourism

  • Roberto Merli,
  • Gabriella Arcese,
  • Maria Claudia Lucchetti

DOI
https://doi.org/10.3390/su5083275
Journal volume & issue
Vol. 5, no. 8
pp. 3275 – 3287

Abstract

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As is widely known, sustainability is an important factor in competition, increasing the added value of a company in terms of image and credibility. However, it is important that sustainability assessments are effectively addressed in a global perspective. Therefore, life cycle tools are adopted to evaluate environmental and social impacts. Among these, and of particular significance, appears the Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA), which, although in its early stage of development, seems to have extremely promising methodological features. For this reason, it seemed interesting to propose a first application to the tourism sector, which could be better than other methods, studied in terms of social sustainability data. The particular characteristics of service delivery lend themselves more to the development of data related to social sustainability than other sectors. In this paper the results of a case study carried out using social accounting and business management tools are shown.

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