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Sustainability 2013, 5(8), 3275-3287; doi:10.3390/su5083275

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

Department of Business Studies, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D'Amico, Rome 77- 00145, Italy
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Received: 25 March 2013 / Revised: 15 July 2013 / Accepted: 16 July 2013 / Published: 2 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Sustainability: Theory, Practice, Problems and Prospects)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: tourism business evaluation; social life cycle assessment; social impacts; social responsibility tourism business evaluation; social life cycle assessment; social impacts; social responsibility
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Arcese, G.; Lucchetti, M.C.; Merli, R. Social Life Cycle Assessment as a Management Tool: Methodology for Application in Tourism. Sustainability 2013, 5, 3275-3287.

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