About the project

Social and environmental concerns are increasing in both scope and severity. Ecosystems are experiencing a decline in productivity and both the quality and quantity of resources are shrinking as the human population and its consumption levels increase. Companies have been increasingly called upon to assume greater responsibility for social and environmental impacts throughout their supply chains, and if businesses wish to prosper in the future, they must respond.

To this end, to be competitive in the envisioned sustainable society, companies need to integrate sustainability aspects in their strategic as well as daily work and also in their communication within the supply chains.
Procedures for this integration, based on life cycle thinking, provide prerequisites to decouple environmental pressures from economic growth.

The TOSCA project

The TOSCA project – “Towards sustainable supply chains through a common approach for company strategic work and daily operations” - was jointly funded by the EU LIFE+ programme and AkzoNobel, SCA Hygiene Products AB and Chalmers University of Technology.

AkzoNobel and SCA Hygiene Products have a long tradition of working with sustainability and life cycle management. Through co-operation and with support from Chalmers University of Technology, both companies have in this project further improved and strengthened the work towards sustainable development within the companies and their supply chains, as well as disseminated experiences from such work through this web site.

The TOSCA project ran during 2009-2011. The approach was built partly on the tools presented in the EU LIFE project, www.dantes.info (2002-2005) and the objective of TOSCA was to put the tools into the wider context of sustainable development.

TOSCA leaflet

TOSCA summary report, also called layman report.


LCM (Life Cycle Management) 2009 – LCM 2009 Tosca

ISIE (International Society for Industrial Ecology) 2011 -

LCM 2011 -


Life Cycle Management discussion forum – managed by CPM and jointly funded by the TOSCA project.