PROSA. PROSA is a method for the strategic analysis and management of product portfolios, products and services mainly for companies, but also for product policy and dialogue processes gives due regard to time and cost restrictions calls as far as possible on existing tools.
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PROSA - case studies
Development of new subtools
Feasible? Yes, but …
Abstract:...In terms of methodology, there are evidently no fundamental problems calling the feasibility of SLCA into question. There are however certainly considerable hurdles to be overcome in practice, especially in characterisation modelling, because social impacts will require an entirely different type of modelling. Hurdles arise in the categorization of indicator groups, in the classification of the associated individual indicators and in their characterization. It is quite probable that the very different appraisals of social aspects by different actors and in different countries, in combination with the process of interdisciplinary scientific discourse, will delay agreement for a longer time. ....
Structure like LCA
More Priority on Stakeholders
More Priority on Functional Equivalence
Inventory analysis – typical problems
There is a need for a structured list of well discussed indicators with clear definition
It depends on the goal and scope of the case studies which indicators are used and whether the database is sufficient.
Two complementary classification systems: stakeholder approach (workforce, local community, consumers, society) andimpact categories
Quantitative and/or qualitative Indicators?
“The taskforce took side for a combination of quantitative and qualitative data, indicators and analysis. It voiced the opinion, that quantitative data and indicators alone are insufficient to cover all aspects of social impacts.” (p. 8)
On the other hand one has the possibility to translate qualitative results (e.g. corruption) into (semi)quantitative results (p. 8)
Next important steps are …
to establish a generally accepted list of social indicators (inventory indicators, midpoint indicators, endpoint indicators), structured after stakeholder groups and after generally accepted impact categories. The connection with indicators in the field of CSR (GRI, SA 8000, ILO etc.) should be emphasised
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