Communication and Collaboration as Essential Elements for Mainstreaming Life Cycle Management [chapter]

Philip Strothmann, Jodie Bricout, Guido Sonnemann, Jim Fava
2015 LCA Compendium – The Complete World of Life Cycle Assessment  
This chapter addresses two major challenges for mainstreaming life cycle management that are intrinsically linked: collaboration and communication. To this end it is argued that in order to radically increase the take up of life cycle based approaches in business and government, life cycle professionals need to enhance global collaboration among themselves, as well as with others and communicate to a wider set of stakeholders. The chapter makes the case that the life cycle community does not
more » ... mmunity does not have a home, and thus currently does not exist as one coherent and clearly identifi able stakeholder. It concludes that successful communication on behalf of and with the community can only be achieved when the community is formally organized. To this end the newly established Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation is presented as a possible way to overcome the outlined gaps and challenges.
doi:10.1007/978-94-017-7221-1_20 fatcat:oqjrptyk6ncv7bf367rqqskkre