1.2. Define the scope
Next the geographic scope and the stakeholder groups included in the assessment need to be defined.
- Describe the geographic scope of the assessment by making explicit the value-chain actors which are included in the assessment, and their respective economic sectors and locations.
- Define the stakeholder groups included in the assessment.The assessment is supposed to cover three stakeholder groups: workers, consumers and local communities.
- Workers: Different groups of workers can be involved in the life cycle of the product: employees (i.e. workers with formal contracts, including temporary and part- time employees), workers employed through agencies or contractors, informal workers (i.e. workers without formal contracts), apprentices and trainees, migrant workers and home workers. The practitioner determines and documents which groups of workers are considered in the assessment.
- Consumers: Consumers are considered when the impact of the product or product application during the use phase needs to be assessed. Consumers are not considered in cradle to gate assessments.
- Local communities: It refers to the people living in the surroundings of a any one of the life-cycle stages. The local community in the use phase is only considered if the relationship with the product is clear and meaningful for the assessment.