Policy Workshop

Measuring the social pillar in the policy agenda

Policy outlook


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

Date: 11 September, 2018                         Time: 14:00 – 16:00

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 organized in the framework of the 6° International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment. Its aim is to provide a necessary platform of discussion between EU policy makers, United Nations representative, 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 competiveness of the European industry?
  • Can social dumping be prevented by using social metrics?
  • Should sustainable requirements be voluntary or mandatory in procurement?




Gwenole Cozigou, DG GROW, Director (tbc)

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  – Italian Management Committee of the National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement – Italy (tbc)

–          Lisa Sennström – National Procurement Agency – Sweden (tbc)

–          Milan Bijl, PIANO (Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre) – The Netherland (tbc)


Martin Spolc, Head of Unit, DG FISMA (tbc)

“Sustainable Finance”