A holistic and rapid sustainability assessment tool for manufacturing SMEs

Danfang Chen*, Sebastian Thiede, Timo Schudeleit, Christoph Herrmann

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Sustainable development is a broad term and is complex in nature because it has three dimensions. While continuous management is necessary, especially for SMEs, there is a lack of easily applicable tools that assess the status of sustainability based on key performance indicators and that derive priorities for systematic improvement. Based on this information, this paper presents a holistic sustainability assessment tool for manufacturing SMEs. The tool is applicable on a factory level with reasonable effort, provides decision support for improvements and enables a cross-industry comparison. A case study at a Swedish company has been performed to verify the usability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-440
JournalCIRP annals : manufacturing technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Sustainable development
  • Tool
  • Assessment

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