RWTH Certificate Course Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) in Context of the Supply Chain Act (LkSG)

Responsible Management - with S-LCA to a Holistically Sustainable Company

In this certificate course, you will learn the basic S-LCA elements in order to implement them at product and organizational levels, taking into account German and European directives such as the Battery Directive or the Supply Chain Act (LkSG). After the course, you will be able to identify social hotspots in your company and supply chain and derive improvement measures. This paves the way towards a socially responsible and sustainable company that meets the requirements of the Supply Chain Act (LkSG).

Study format:
Online Certificate Course
Basic Seminar : 2 days, Advanced Seminar: 2x2 days - all dates are half day which take place in the mornings
After announcement/on request
Credit Points:
2 ECTS (50 hrs. workload)
Course fees:
Basic Seminar: 399€; Certificate Course (Basic + Advanced): 1,690 €; Prices incl. course documents & accompanying program
RWTH Executive Certificate

You will learn:

  • Relevance and application of S-LCA in the context of the Supply Chain Act (LkSG)
  • Identification of social hotspots in the company and the supply chain
  • Direct application of S-LCA on the basis of a case study

Course Content

In this digital training, you will learn how to set up and conduct an S-LCA and focus on the various social factors of your company's supply chain. In the context of the Supply Chain Act (LkSG), you will also learn how to deal with the essential documentation and reporting requirements sto prepare for the law's entry into force in 2023.

The Basic Seminar (can be booked individually) introduces sustainability assessment, demonstrates the reporting process of the LkSG and presents the added value for the company.
The Advanced modules give more in-depth knowledge of the concrete implementation of an S-LCA, including various legislations. Based on your newly gained knowledge, you will independently apply a case study between the two module blocks and present the results in the 2nd module block.
Your knowledge will be consolidated through discussions within the group and group work.

Basic Seminar

Day 1

Day 2

  • Introduction to Sustainability Assessment LCSA
  • S-LCA: Added value in business
  • What is social life cycle assessment in product
  • S-LCA in the context of the Supply Chain Act (LkSG)
  • Main references for S-LCA
  • Introduction UNEP 2020 Guidelines
  • Elements of S-LCA: step by step
  • Stakeholder categories, impact categories, impact subcategories
  • Social Handprinting
  • Overview S-LCA Methods
  • Example Reporting LkSG

Advanced Modules

Block 1, Day 1

Block 1, Day 2

Block 2, Day 1

Block 2, Day 2

  • Wrap-Up
  • S-LCA im Kontext des Lieferkettengesetzes (LkSG)
  • S-LCA im Kontext von Sustainable Finance
  • S-LCA Step-by-Step in details Part 1
  • S-LCA Step-by-step Part II
  • Introduction to the databases SHDB, PSILCA
  • Introduction to Case Studies
  • Presentation of the results
  • Discussion
  • "Prime example" S-LCA
  • Summary and outlook

Lecturer and scientific director of the course Social Life Cycle Assessment in Industry

Scientific lead & lecturer Social Life Cycle Assessment in Industry SLCA Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marzia Traverso

Prof. Marzia Traverso
Professor and Head of the Institute for Sustainability in Construction at RWTH Aachen University

In 2020, she was appointed as an expert and member of the following bodies:

  • Technical Advisory Panel on the Ecological Footprint (Section E03710), PEF EU
  • Rapporteur of the Technical Working Group of the European Commission's Sustainable Finance Platform.
  • Convener and project leader of ISO 14075 on Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA).
  • PhD in Environmental Engineering Physics at the University of Palermo and Environmental Engineer in the field of Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability Performance of the Construction and Transport Sector and Strategic Environmental Assessment of Urban Transport Systems.
  • From November 2011 to March 2016, project manager at the BMW Group Research and Innovation Centre. Responsible for the sustainability performance and life cycle assessment of several cars, including BMW i3, BMW i8, 7 Series.
  • Author and reviewer of several scientific articles in journals such as Sustainability, Int. Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Work Ecology. Technical editor in Social Life Cycle Assessment in the Int. Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Member of several editorial boards such as Int. Journal of LCA, Sustainable Development, Resources.
  • President of the Board of Directors "Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation" - FSLCI. Chair of the (Technical Listening) Global Listening Center.

Participation Requirements and Target Group

  • The Social Life Cycle Assessment course is designed for Sustainability Managers, Engineers, Management, Purchasing / Product Procurement
  • The fields of application are manifold, e.g. batteries, automotive, textile, biobased materials, construction sector
  • Find the right course for your needs through the modular system - basic seminar or more in-depth full certificate course

Course Completion

Upon completion of the Basic Seminar, you will receive a RWTH Aachen Certificate of Attendance. You will receive the officially recognized Executive Certificate "Social Life Cycle Assessment in Industry" from RWTH Aachen University if you have successfully completed both the basic course and the two advanced modules. The achievements within the certificate course are consistently marked with the Europe-wide valid instrument "European Credit Transfer Systems" (ECTS).

After the Course Completion

In addition to the Social Life Cycle Assessment certificate course, we offer a variety of other certificate courses, seminars & workshops in different subject areas - e.g. technology management, quality management, electrification & mobility as well as robotics & Industry 4.0.
We would be happy to advise you regarding your next RWTH continuing education!

Why Social Life Cycle Assessment at the RWTH International Academy?

  • Sustainability is fundamental for successful companies in all areas (ecology, economy and social affairs). With the coming into force of the Supply Chain Act (LkSG) in 2023, companies will be obliged to assume more social responsibility for their supply chains. One important aspect is the documentation and reporting obligation, which is taught in this course. Globalization and intertwined supply chains make transparency in production processes more difficult - also with regard to social hotspots. S-LCA is applicable on product and organizational level and enables the detection of positive and negative social impacts beyond the company's own gateway, so that appropriate and target-oriented measures can be taken to improve social performance. The implementation is based on the "Guidelines for S-LCA of products and organizations 2020" (UNEP 2020).
  • You will receive targeted expertise through the specific supervision of knowledgeable and consulting-experienced Social Life Cycle Assessment experts from the Institute for Sustainability in Construction.
  • It's a hands-on education at one of the world's top technical universities and you'll gain knowledge at the cutting edge of research.
  • You gain a high-quality educational qualification through a RWTH Aachen certificate.

Funding Opportunities

If you live/work in Germany, there are some opportunities for government funding of your continuing education. Financial and time support is offered, for example

  • the individual federal states (e.g. through Bildungsscheck or QualiCheck)
  • the education premium
  • the educational leave

Inhouse Possibility

The course, or parts of it, would also be interesting for your entire team/your company? Then applies: our team for your team! We would be happy to advise you on the possibility of an inhouse course. Give us a call or write to us - we will tailor your further training to suit your needs!

Tanja Lux Business Development

Tanja Lux
Head of Business Development
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Juliane Wiemann Business Development

Laura Noske
Program Manager
Tel.: +49 241 80 97865
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