Product Social Metrics: How to Apply in Business

TRAINING | Understand and use the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment in your case study


PRé has facilitated the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics with over a dozen major and leading companies since 2013. Recently the fourth iteration of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment and an updated methodology was released. The companies invest in this because addressing the social impacts along the life cycle is somewhat as a next frontier. They realise it can provide real business value and support innovation in a new way.


This 1,5 days training aims to provide you with all the insights about product social metrics you need. The objective is to enable you to apply this handbook in a first case study.


Together we will dive into topics such as:

  • Key differences between environmental and social LCA
  • Understanding social topics (or impact categories)
  • Developing your goal and scope and the concept of materiality
  • Getting access to data to identify hotspots
  • Getting data to assess the hotspots.


The overall focus of this training is to get you going in the first case study, as ultimately the best way of learning and remembering is by doing.


As a preparation, we ask you to download the handbook and the methodology guide and read at least the executive summaries and come with one or two case studies in mind, as we will exercise helping you to develop your initial goal and scope as well as your data collection strategy. After registration, we will send a template on which you can specify the basic ingredients of your case study, and we will support you if needed.


This means the training will be highly interactive. After the training we will provide a helpdesk function to get you going with your first case; we reserve about 5 hours of consultancy time for this.


Practical details

When: April 7-8, 2020. Important update: In response to new government measures against COVID-19, we will postpone our training courses to a later date. All the registered training participants will be contacted as soon as possible. We hope for your understanding and will keep you informed about the new dates.

Where: Amersfoort, the Netherlands 

Costs: early bird €1000 (until March 15), regular €1200. The price includes training and 5 hours of consultancy support with your own case.

Trainers: Mark Goedkoop, Rosan Harmens

About the initiative: Product Social Impact Assessment website 

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