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Conclusions for the SMEs and Trade associations workshop

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On November the 28th 2023, the ORIENTING partners hosted the workshop “Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) for SMEs”. The workshop targeted SMEs and trade associations and focused on illustrating how to apply the ORIENTING’s LCSA methodology to their own reality and sector.

As confirmed during our first workshop with SMEs, we know that sustainability assessment for many companies might be considered a complex task. For this reason, its application requires a flexible methodological approach, able to take into account the diversity of users’ needs and to improve company’s sustainability awareness step by step. It is precisely on this principle that the LCSA methodology developed in ORIENTING is based.

That was the reason to host a second workshop for SMEs and extending it to trade associations. This second event was divided into two parts. The first part focused on the introduction to the LCSA methodology for SMEs, an overview of key European policy initiatives and the role an LCSA methodology can play in the context of the European Green Deal. And the second part include a panel discussion on the topics of LCSA methodology that will engage all participants and the experts.

Overall, more than 80 stakeholders participated and interacted around the following main topics:

  • Understanding the approach proposed by ORIENTING for materiality assessment.
  • Applicability and level of knowledge for the application of the LCSA entry level tool.
  • Developments implemented in the project in relation to biodiversity and land use, social impacts and proposed approaches for aggregation of social topics.

Precisely, the presentation of the entry level tool raised many interests among participants. For this reason, a call for interest in testing the LCSA entry tool was launched.

Additional opportunities for knowing more about the entry tool and the overall toolbox that ORIENTING will be delivering are represented by the event “Toolbox for sustainable circular products: results from the ORIENTING project”, organized in the framework of the World Circular Economy Forum 2024 (WCEF).

If you want to know more about the event and participate, you can find all the information here. During this event, we will share experiences with the toolbox to evaluate potential product circular design innovations that are environmentally, economically and socially beneficial. We look forward to welcoming you all and discussing with you how to shape LCSA in the business context.

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