• Social issues are about considering the
needs of others and signs and symbols
used relating to safety.
• Products need to be designed for use by
people from different cultures, nationalities
and people with different needs.
• Moral issues are concerned with the way
in which products are manufactured and
the way in which they affect the safety,
comfort and well being of the people who
make them and those who come into
contact with the products.
This symbol shows that
workers in developing
countries have received a
fair wage for their work.
ETI = Ethical Trading Initiative. Its
aim is to promote and improve
the implementation and codes
of practice that set out minimal
• Cultural issues are
about valuing the
responses of others
to designs and the
impact of different
cultures on modern
Environmental issues are about selecting materials that are suitable
and sustainable, reducing the use of chemicals and harmful
materials, reducing the carbon footprint, carbon offsetting and the
need to dispose of products in an environmentally way.
End of life disposal
Product life cycle
Globalisation – the internationalisation of products, labour and skill
throughout the world. Products are made in specific countries where
traditions, skills and techniques can give valuable income and jobs to a
previously poor area.
European eco label – a product awarded this label will have been found to
have a smaller environmental impact than other similar products. It is the
official sign of environmental quality.