The Life Cycle Management Roadmap: From Idea to Impact [2023]


In today’s world, sustainability is no longer an option; it’s a necessity. Life cycle management (LCM) is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your business is sustainable. It involves understanding products’ and services’ environmental and economic impacts throughout their life cycle, from design to disposal.

This article will go over LCM in detail and how it can help your business become more sustainable. With this guide by EcoEd, you can better understand LCM. You can also understand how it can help you achieve your sustainability goals.

What is life cycle management in sustainability?

Life cycle management (LCM) is essential in sustainability and environmental management. It is the process of managing the entire life cycle of a product or service from its conception to its disposal.

LCM looks at all product life stages, including design, production, use, and end-of-life disposal. This helps to ensure that products are designed and manufactured with minimal environmental impact while still providing maximum value to customers.

Businesses can make more informed decisions about how to create, use, and dispose of their products and services if they understand the entire life cycle of a product or service.

Life cycle management and sustainable advertising are two interrelated concepts that are becoming increasingly important in today’s world.

The link between life cycle management and sustainable advertising lies in the fact that both concepts focus on reducing waste, conserving resources, and promoting sustainability.

By understanding the entire life cycle of a product or service, companies can make more informed decisions about how to reduce their environmental footprint through their advertising efforts.

You can read more information on this in our blog, “sustainable advertising.”

Key steps to building a sustainability strategy

Building a sustainability strategy is essential for any organization that wants to impact the environment and society positively. It requires a holistic approach that encompasses all aspects of the business, from operations to marketing.

The five critical steps to building a sustainability strategy are engaging stakeholders, prioritizing objectives, collaborating with partners, reporting progress, and communicating results.

1.    Engage

The first and most essential step in developing a sustainable strategy is to create a compelling business case for sustainability. At this stage, companies typically face conflicts between sustainability and competitiveness, traditionally viewed as antagonistic.

A compelling business case will emphasize the link between sustainability initiatives and business benefits (value creation and risk mitigation).

This step is critical for engaging senior leaders in sustainability discussions by answering questions like, “What are the risks of ignoring responsible practices?” and “How do environmentally conscious consumers make purchasing decisions?”

An example of effective engagement would be to conduct workshops with employees, customers, suppliers, and other relevant stakeholders to understand their views on sustainability issues.

2.    Prioritize

The second step is to map and prioritize related risks and opportunities across markets.

This means considering current environmental conditions, financial resources, and customer demands.

Every industry faces unique sustainability challenges and opportunities based on the markets where its products are sourced, manufactured, and sold. To do so successfully, businesses must consider country-specific needs, dynamics, legislation, and direct and indirect supply chain activities.

By focusing on the most important areas, businesses can create a plan to help reduce their environmental impact while still achieving their goals. With careful planning and consideration of all the factors involved, businesses can build an effective sustainability strategy that will serve them well in the future.

3.    Collaborate

The third step entails collaborating to accelerate long-term business innovation. Building a sustainability strategy requires collaboration from all stakeholders. Because no single company can eliminate environmental and social issues, combining resources, skills, and talent can result in better solutions.

It is essential to bring together the right people from different departments and organizations to ensure everyone is on the same page. This will help create a comprehensive plan that considers all aspects of sustainability, such as environmental, social, and economic impacts.

To overcome complex sustainability challenges and achieve bold commitments, brands should first determine which activations can be accomplished with internal resources and then identify gaps that require external expertise to form the right partnerships with key stakeholders.

4.    Report

The next stage is to choose the appropriate metrics to keep the sustainability strategy on track. Setting goals is pointless if you never know whether you have achieved them because only what is measured is managed.

As stakeholders demand greater transparency and accountability from corporations regarding their sustainability efforts, demonstrating commitment through a measurable and compliant report is becoming increasingly important in more global markets.

5.    Communicate

Communication is critical in any sustainability strategy. Brands are perceived as more transparent when they disclose their results and learnings internally (with shareholders) and externally (with governments, investors, customers, employees, business partners, and local communities).

To learn more, you can check out the sustainability simulation at EDUardo.

How to implement a sustainable life cycle strategy in your organization

Life cycle management (LCM) is a comprehensive approach to managing the environmental, economic, and social aspects of an organization’s products and services.

A sustainable life cycle strategy (SLCS) is a holistic approach to LCM that considers the entire life cycle of a product or service from design through disposal. By implementing an SLCS, businesses can reduce their environmental footprint, increase efficiency, and improve their overall sustainability performance.

The key elements of a successful life cycle management plan include setting clear objectives, identifying key stakeholders, developing green business practices, and monitoring progress.

By following these steps, organizations can ensure that their sustainability strategy implementation is successful and that their operations are environmentally friendly.

1. Plan

The first stage of this process is to plan the implementation steps. This includes determining the resources needed, outlining the timeline for completion, and outlining any potential risks or challenges that may arise during implementation.

Additionally, it’s important to identify any potential stakeholders who will be affected by the strategy and how their input can shape its success.

To learn more, you can check out the sustainability simulation at EDUardo.

2.    Implement the strategy

Once you understand your company’s needs and goals well, it’s time to put the plan into practice. This will require some work from all involved parties, including leadership, employees, and suppliers. However, it is essential if your organization wants to achieve its sustainability goals.

It is critical that all organization members understand how they can contribute to achieving sustainable business practices within their department or function.

Communicate how life cycle management initiatives are being implemented, so everyone understands what needs to be done on an ongoing basis (e.g., annual reports).

3. Review

The review stage is an important part of any sustainable life cycle strategy implementation. It allows you to assess the progress made toward achieving your goals and objectives.

It also allows you to identify areas where improvements are needed or where additional resources are required to achieve those goals.

By reviewing your strategy regularly, you can ensure that it remains effective and up-to-date with the changing environment.

4. Act

The fourth stage of this strategy is to act on the responses from the review stage. This involves taking action based on the feedback received from stakeholders, such as customers, suppliers, and employees.

It also involves developing plans for how to address any issues or concerns raised during the review process.

By taking action on these responses, organizations can ensure that their sustainability initiatives remain effective and relevant over time.

To learn more, you can check out the sustainability simulation at EDUardo.

Benefits of product lifecycle management

Many advantages of good product lifecycle management include getting the product to market faster, releasing a higher-quality product, improving product safety, increasing sales opportunities, and reducing errors and waste.

PLM can be aided by specialized computer software that performs document management, design integration, and process management functions.

Other benefits include:

●      Increased product quality and dependability

●      Prototyping costs are reduced.

●      Requests for a quote (RFQ) that are more accurate and timely, i.e., solicitations from suppliers

●      Quickly identify sales opportunities and revenue contributors

●      Savings from reusing original data A product optimization framework

●      Improved ability to manage seasonal fluctuations due to reduced waste

●      Improved forecasting to save money on materials

●      Collaboration in the supply chain has been maximized.


Businesses today are increasingly becoming aware of the need to become more sustainable. Implementing sustainable practices is critical to a company’s success in the 21st century. For instance, 92% of consumers say they are more likely to trust environmentally or socially conscious brands.

Life cycle management is an essential tool that can help businesses achieve this goal. It is a comprehensive approach to managing a product or service’s environmental, social, and economic impacts throughout its entire life cycle.

EcoEd, a Chilean enterprise specializing in sustainability education, has created a module to help individuals and organizations better understand the life cycle of products and services. This module will help them identify opportunities for improvement in their operations that can lead to increased efficiency, cost savings and improved environmental performance. It will also provide guidance on how to effectively manage the various stages of the life cycle such as production, use, reuse, recycling or disposal.

Learn more in the simulation at EDUardo, where you can put into practice the theoretical concepts and apply the newly acquired knowledge by managing a manufacturing enterprise that faces green transition.

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