Sustainability Performance Indicators at Shop Floor Level in Large Manufacturing Companies

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This article investigates sustainability in the performance measurement systems of Swedish manufacturing companies. It builds on a previous study that documents relatively few direct environmental indicators at shop floor level, which raises questions about possible indirect links between existing indicators and the environment that could be used to improve the environmental aspect of company's sustainability ambitions. A method for identifying and categorizing indirect links to sustainability issues was defined and used. The results suggest that at shop floor level 90% of the indicators have at least an indirect relation to one or more of the sustainability dimensions economy, environment and social, of which 26% are at least indirectly related to the environmental dimension. Despite the many indirect connections, participating companies perceive a need to improve sustainability indicators and some ideas are suggested.


External organisations
  • Mälardalen University
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Swerea IVF
  • Volvo Construction Equipment AB
  • GKN Aerospace Sweden AB
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Environmental Management


  • Environmental management, Performance Measurement System, Sustainability, Sustainability Performance Indicator
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-462
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch

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