HomeDLSU Business & Economics Reviewvol. 23 no. 2 (2014)

Developing a Framework for Sustainable Manufacturing Strategies Selection

Lanndon A. Ocampo | Eppie Estanislao Clark



Manufacturing organizations adopt sustainability manufacturing in their attempt to address the triple-bottomline (TBL): environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social well-being. This study was conducted in order to characterize the programs adopted by a manufacturing firm with respect to the TBL and in the end, recommend a framework that could be utilized by decision-makers in the firm as they start to pursue a more sustainable strategy. This paper utilized the case study of a prime multinational semiconductor firm that promotes sustainability among their corporate initiatives.The semiconductor industry was chosen because of its prominence in sustainability efforts worldwide. Weaknesses of the current practices were found to be the reactive position of the firm to external drivers due to lack of long-term agenda for sustainability, the lack of reinforcement of social strategies on each other, the fragmented positions of current sustainability strategies along the sustainability “sphere”, and the lack of understanding regarding the embedded interrelationships and interdependencies of sustainable manufacturing strategies. A framework is proposed,which captures the influence of internal and external drivers in adopting sustainable manufacturing strategies to address the triple-bottom line. The framework also depicts the influence that external drivers bear on internal ones. This framework could guide decision-makers on sustainable manufacturing strategies selection considering a more holistic approach.