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Social Impact Analysis of Products under a Holistic Approach: A Case Study in the Meat Product Supply Chain

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Circular Economy Group, Fundación CIRCE, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Instituto Universitario de Investigación Mixto CIRCE, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
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Academic Editors: Daizhong Su, Wenjie Peng, You Wu and Hua Huang
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 12163; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112163
Received: 17 September 2021 / Revised: 25 October 2021 / Accepted: 1 November 2021 / Published: 4 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circular Economy Approaches for Lifecycles of Products and Services)
Social impact assessment of products can be approached through different methodologies that need to be adapted to the particularities and features of the studied subject. Thus, the Social Life Cycle Assessment methodology can be used to assess different innovative practices of product manufacturing, under a circular economy approach, by identifying potential positive as well as negative impacts along products’ life cycle. This paper presents the results of the Social Life Cycle Impact Assessment of a reference product from the Spanish meat industry using existing and new innovative methods of social impact analysis. Worker discrimination, health and safety for workers, consumers and local community were identified as the social aspects with relevant significance into the business or for the influence on customer’s perception of the products studied. Therefore, results can represent a reference scenario for the future assessment of innovative solutions in the Spanish meet sector. Despite the scarce use of Social Life Cycle Impact Assessment, this case study is a good example of how this innovative kind of assessment can be helpful for companies to identify their weak and strong social performance areas and design strategies to improve in Social Responsibility Management. View Full-Text
Keywords: social life cycle assessment; circular economy; social impact assessment; sustainability; meat supply chain social life cycle assessment; circular economy; social impact assessment; sustainability; meat supply chain
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Aranda, J.; Zambrana-Vásquez, D.; Del-Busto, F.; Círez, F. Social Impact Analysis of Products under a Holistic Approach: A Case Study in the Meat Product Supply Chain. Sustainability 2021, 13, 12163. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112163

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Aranda J, Zambrana-Vásquez D, Del-Busto F, Círez F. Social Impact Analysis of Products under a Holistic Approach: A Case Study in the Meat Product Supply Chain. Sustainability. 2021; 13(21):12163. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112163

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Aranda, Juan, David Zambrana-Vásquez, Felipe Del-Busto, and Fernando Círez. 2021. "Social Impact Analysis of Products under a Holistic Approach: A Case Study in the Meat Product Supply Chain" Sustainability 13, no. 21: 12163. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132112163

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