An Introductory Approach to Concretize Social Sustainability for Sustainable Manufacturing
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of TMCE 2016 / [ed] I. Horváth, J.-P. Pernot, Z. Rusák, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Despite the growing awareness of sustainability issues and importance of considering sustainability aspects in the product innovation process, the methodological support for doing so is still immature compared to the methodological support for considering other aspects in the decision-making, such as product performance and manufacturability. The immaturity is particularly pronounced regarding the social dimension of sustainability. In this paper we use a novel process for identifying sustainability criteria and estimating a sustainability compliance index, with the purpose of supporting inclusion of social sustainability aspects in the decision-making in product development. By including social sustainability aspects into a compliance metric, the foundations for strategic and operative decisions can be integrated. The process has been developed and tested collaboratively with industry representatives in a selected case company. Preliminary results show that social sustainability criteria can be integrated in a meaningful way into a more complete metric, and that the learning resulting from gathering knowledge and experience is a first deployable benefit of the process. Challenges and possible ways forward for further implementing social sustainability aspects in product development are also identified and discussed. The next step will be to further test the applicability of the results, by involving more representatives in the case company and from companies in its value chain.
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13247ISBN: 978-94-6186-635-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-13247DiVA: diva2:1034375
Eleventh International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering (TMCE 2016), Aix-en-Provence, France