Title: Developing model for integrating sustainability into enterprise operations

Authors: Kongkiti Phusavat; Bordin Rassameethes; Dusan Lesjak; Chavatip Chindavijak

Addresses: Center for Advanced Study in Industrial Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Kasetsart University, 50 Ngamwongwan Road, Bangkok, 10900, Thailand ' Faculty of Business Administration, Kasetsart University, 50 Ngamwongwan Road, Bangkok, 10900, Thailand ' International School for Social and Business Studies, Mariborska c. 7, 3000 Celje, Slovenia ' Sustainable Development Services Department, Management System Certification Institute (Thailand) Under Ministry of Industry, Industrial Development Foundation, 1025 Phaholyotin Road, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand

Abstract: The study aims to develop a model which helps integrate sustainability into business processes of a firm. The earlier study from Thailand's Management System Certification Institute or MASCI with its international partners shows that there are nine elements (anticipation, concern, leadership, communication, capability, planning, execution, performance, and report) when integrating sustainability into enterprise-wide operations. Model development is based on extending this study. It is viewed that sustainability is one of the key strategies to advance beyond the Original Equipment Manufacturer status for the manufacturing sector in the country. MASCI engages with 504 organisations which have been extensively trained or certified with the international standards on quality and environment as well as applications such as Global Reporting Initiative and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The model shows the interrelationships among the nine elements deemed as critical for integrating sustainability into enterprise operations. It highlights the importance of the leadership, planning, and performance as the main elements for integrating sustainability into enterprise operations. The comparison with the sugar industry's development supports the model and its highlight on these three components.

Keywords: enterprise development; model; sustainable development; sustainability; enterprise-wide operations.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2018.10017521

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2018 Vol.17 No.4, pp.329 - 346

Received: 09 Jun 2017
Accepted: 03 May 2018

Published online: 15 Nov 2018 *

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