The United Nations Environment Program, UNEP and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, SETAC launched an International Life Cycle Partnership, known as the Life Cycle Initiative, to
enable users around the world to put life cycle thinking into effective
The International Life Cycle Board (ILCB) is the governing body of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. The ILCB decides on the work plan and carries out the supervision of all work elements. The ILCB meets twice a year, unless conditions and activities dictate additional meetings. The two founding organisations, UNEP and SETAC appointed the first ILCB members. Subsequent members are appointed and approved by the ILCB itself.
The inaugural meeting of the ILCB took place together with the launch of the initiative by Klaus Töpfer who was then UNEP's Executive Director at UNEP's 7th High Level Seminar on Cleaner Production on 28 April 2002. Since then, the ILCB has been meeting on a regular basis to plan the agenda of the Life Cycle Initiative.