Purpose Changes affecting how product chains function can have a profound impact on human communities. Certain social life cycle assessment (LCA) methods aim to anticipate the important social effects of changes taking place in the functioning of a product’s life cycle. They therefore must identify the groups that are most affected. This paper aims to help identify the groups affected by competition beyond those usually highlighted. The objective is to propose rules to identify the organisations involved in the social life cycle of a product within a context of competition. Once these organisations are identified, it is possible to deduce which groups are affected.
Catherine Macombe Working as a researcher at the ITAP (Information-Technologies-environmental Analysis-agricultural Processes) joint research unit, Catherine Macombe investigates ways to measure the main social impacts affecting the various partners of the agricultural and agrifood industries, especially at times of change and development.
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