Policy Workshop

Measuring the social pillar in the policy agenda


Venue: University “G. d’ Annunzio” – Pescara (Italy)

Date: 11 September afternoon                        

The definition of a strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in Europe and around the world is a key objective of the policy agenda. The UN’s 2030 Agenda represents the new global sustainable development framework and sets 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

The SDGs implicitly require Life Cycle Thinking as a way to prioritize action by identifying the key drivers of environmental and social issues in order to ensure level playing field.

European policies such as the strategy on sustainable finance or public procurement policies have already provided the basis for social requirements in European markets. While the environmental and economic assessment has already established methods and tools that can be used for policy purposes, there is need for a robust and internationally recognized social metric to close the “sustainability circle”.

The Social Life Cycle Assessment stands out as a comprehensive method that can support the achievement of these ambitious goals.

The methodology, officially published in 2009 by the United Nation Environmental Programme – Life Cycle Initiative Programme, has its own foundation in the life cycle concept and in the metric of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). It is used to measure the impacts of products and organisation, and currently promoted by the European Commission through the Initiative on the Product and Organisation Environmental Footprint, within the Single Market for Green Product Initiative. In addition, LCA has been listed among the tools for the impact assessment of policies of the Better Regulation toolbox, which complements the European Communication on Better regulation.


The Policy workshop “Measuring the social pillar in the policy agenda” is organised in the framework of the 6th International Conference on Social Life Cycle Assessment. Its aim is to provide a necessary discussion platform amongst EU policy makers, United Nations representatives, industry, academia and civil society, on the following aspects:

  • Can social metrics be used for policy purposes?
  • Would the measuring of social aspects, with a life cycle approach, boost the competitiveness of the European industry?
  • Can social dumping be prevented by using social metrics?
  • Should sustainable requirements be voluntary or mandatory in procurement?



Chairs:  Alessandra Zamagni and Paolo Masoni (Ecoinnovazione spin-off of ENEA, IT)


Antonella Ballone  (Member of  the General Council of Confindustria RomeCEO of Baltour and President of Eurolines, IT)

Introduction to the workshop


Gwenole Cozigou, DG GROW, Director

Industrial policy and sustainability, the role of social dimension – Keynote Speech


Feng Wang, Life Cycle Initiative

Develop and apply social indicators to support policy making


The social criteria in the procurement policies: experiences from the Member States

–          Simone Ricotta, ARPAT – Italian Management Committee of the National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement – Italy 

–          Milan Bijl, PIANOo (Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre) – Netherland

–         Pia Trulsen, Contract Manager and CSR Responsible, Norwegian Hospital Procurement, NO




Gwenole COZIGOU is Director for Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, in Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME

An economist by training, he has been an official in the European Commission since 1985 in the fields of Enterprise and Industrial Policy and of External Relations.

First working in the area of food industry within the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs Directorate-General (DG), he joined the service in charge of relations with Central and Eastern Europe and the USSR in 1989, and became Assistant to the responsible Deputy Director-General in 1990 until 1996 when he came back to Enterprise and Industry DG.

A former Deputy-Head of Office of Commissioner Liikanen in charge of enterprise and industrial policy, he has occupied several management positions:

– Food Industry and Biotechnology;

– Coordination of the internal market legislation for goods;

– Enterprise and Industrial policy;

– Defence, Aerospace and Maritime Industries.

Since December 2008, he has been Director in DG GROWTH (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), in charge of competitiveness issues and EU internal market legislation for several industrial sectors, including REACH, engineering industries, medical devices, raw materials, etc..

His main responsibilities today cover: circular economy, energy union and energy-intensive industries, construction, automotive industries, raw materials, engineering industries.


Feng WANG, Programm officer at UNEP

Feng Wang serves as a Programme Officer in UN Environment in its Paris office. He manages projects in the areas of Life Cycle Thinking and Sustainable Consumption and Production, to promote the application of life cycle knowledge in both public and private sectors. Feng holds a Doctorate Degree from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, on topics of eco-design and waste management of obsolete products. Before joining UN Environment, he worked as a researcher in the United Nations University in Germany and a visiting researcher in Statistics Netherlands, to carry out projects on quantifying global flows and environmental impact of electronic waste, and to provide policy recommendations and technical solutions for developing countries.



Milan BIJL  is advisor on sustainable procurement for the Dutch National Government, specifically PIANOo; a networking organization specialized in public procurement. He has instigated various projects that emphasize ethical public procurement, mitigating misconduct and violations of human rights in the supply chain. Milan is also involved in various other sustainable procurement initiatives focusing on circular procurement.





Pia Trulsen, Contract Manager and CSR Responsible, Norwegian Hospital Procurement.

Responsible for supplier development and follow-up throughout the supply chain from production to delivery