The professional society for life cycle assessment

ACLCA Code of Ethics

The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment supports adherence to this code of ethics regarding LCAs. All members of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment therefore make the following commitments:

  1. To make maximum use of national and international standards, particularly the ISO 14040 series standards, and U.S. federal FTC guidelines for claims when conducting an LCA;
  2. To avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;
  3. To be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data;
  4. To the greatest extent consistent with retaining confidential business information, to disclose data and estimates in a full and transparent manner;
  5. To clearly distinguish between professional extrapolations and value judgments when developing, performing and using life cycle assessments;
  6. To improve the understanding among LCA professionals, the general public and decision-makers of Life Cycle Assessment, its appropriate application, and potential consequences;
  7. To maintain and improve one's technical competence and to undertake tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
  8. To seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of others;
  9. To treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion, gender and sexual orientation, disability, age, or national origin; and
  10. To assist colleagues and co-workers in their professional development and to support them in following this code of ethics.


ACLCA has members that are either




In either case, adherence to the code of ethics is required.