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Title: Assessing the performance of manufacturing sustainability - a conceptual approach

Authors: Muhamad Zaki Yusup; Wan Hasrulnizzam Wan Mahmood; Mohd Rizal Salleh

Addresses: Sustainable and Responsive Manufacturing Research Group, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Technology Campus, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, 75450 Hang Tuah Jaya, Melaka, Malaysia; Department of Quality and Productivity, Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA Kuantan, Km 8, Jalan Gambang, 25150 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia ' Sustainable and Responsive Manufacturing Research Group, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Technology Campus, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, 75450 Hang Tuah Jaya, Melaka, Malaysia ' Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, 76100 Hang Tuah Jaya, Melaka, Malaysia

Abstract: Sustainability in manufacturing can be achieved through three sustainability components, namely economic, environmental and social. However, to develop a balance of strategy of each sustainability element is quite challenging if the sustainability practices not able to be assessed accurately. This most likely caused by the weaknesses in identifying the suitable mediators to support the implementation and assessment of the sustainability performances. In a proposed conceptual framework, six mediation aspects: design, material, process, quality, safety and competency are identified noteworthy in assessing the sustainability practices. Then, a total of 22 sub-mediators of economics, 18 sub-mediators of environmental and 23 sub-mediators of social competency are proposed to be integrated into the six mediation aspects as in a proposed conceptual framework. From the discussion, the information in this article can be used as a starting point to diversify the strategies through the quality-oriented mediators in assessing the performance of sustainability in manufacturing operations.

Keywords: manufacturing; sustainability; mediation aspect; performance assessment mediator; conceptual; framework.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSM.2018.099570

International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, 2018 Vol.4 No.1, pp.1 - 22

Accepted: 04 May 2016
Published online: 02 May 2019 *

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