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Cucuzzella, Carmela, (2009), UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative, Paris, France, The guide describes the context and key concepts, provides key elements and guidance and highlights areas where further research is needed, related to the assessment of the social and socio-economic impacts of products life cycle. A social and socio-economic Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) is a social impact (and potential impact) assessment technique that aims to assess the social and socio-economic aspects of products and their potential positive and negative impacts along their life cycle encompassing extraction and processing of raw materials; manufacturing; distribution; use; re-use; maintenance; recycling; and final disposal.