GRI Social performance indicators cover 35 items to report on for
workplace, human rights, suppliers, and products and services. GRI
is a long-term, multi-stakeholder, international undertaking whose
mission is to develop and disseminate globally applicable sustainability
reporting guidelines for voluntary use by organizations reporting
on the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of their
activities, products and services. The social dimension of sustainable
products captures the impact of a manufacturer's activity on
society, including on employees, customers, community, supply
chain, and business partners. Unlike the environmental metrics
above, social indicators are not quantitative and still contain a degree
of subjectivity in terms of what is good or bad.http://www.sustainableproducts.com/susproddef2.html#performanceindicators
As required by well settled international law, any product communication
about sustainable, green, or environmentally preferable
products, or about more than one environmental benefit,
e.g., "ozone friendly and non toxic", must be backed by LCA.
LCA evaluates and discloses the environmental benefits of
products over their full commercial cycle, from raw materials
extraction to final disposition.
On behalf of MTS, Forbo Linoleum and Philips placed the ad "Is
it Green or Greenwash?" in the leading construction and design
press promoting LCA.'