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How to formulate and realise a corporate sustainability strategy
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Graphic Arts, Media (closed 20111231).
2007 (English)In: Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, ISSN 1476-8917, E-ISSN 1478-8764, Vol. 4, no 1-2, 103-121 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this study is to develop, test and implement a working method for the graphic arts industry to formulate and realise a corporate sustainability strategy. This study is based on the case studies of two companies in the supply chain for printed products. The working method is inspired by the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) methodology in ISO 14001 and the SWOT methodology. The working method established and successfully tested consists of six stages. The initial stages include an analysis of the current business climate in society and in the company, an identification of the significant sustainability aspects and a formulation of a shared vision. Examples of a sustainability strategy, long-term objectives, short-term targets, activities in working programmes and indicators are given. The results contribute to the process of bringing the thoughts of conceptual sustainability into practice in industrial applications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 4, no 1-2, 103-121 p.
Keyword [en]
Environmental strategy, Printed products, Printing industry, Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, Supply chain management, Sustainability strategy, SWOT
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6347DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2007.013860Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34547657698OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6347DiVA: diva2:11034
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QC 20110124. Uppdaterad från submitted till published(20110124)

Available from: 2006-11-14 Created: 2006-11-14 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Developing tools for sustainability management in the graphic arts industry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing tools for sustainability management in the graphic arts industry
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this thesis is to develop and test industry-specific, applied work procedures and tools for environmental and emerging sustainability work in the graphic arts industry. This includes methods to quantify, follow-up, evaluate, manage, improve and communicate the environmental performance of activities in the graphic arts supply chain and printed products.

In order to achieve the aims of the thesis, a selection of work areas were chosen as the basis for developing the industry-specific work procedures and tools. The selected work areas are the following: environmental management (being a part of sustainability management), environmental and sustainability strategies, environmental indicators and design for environment (DfE).

The research presented in this thesis was based on survey research methods, case studies and multi-company studies. Within the framework of these methods, quantitative and qualitative techniques for data gathering were used. The companies included in the studies were selected according to their willingness, interest and motivation to participate and develop their environmental or sustainability work.

The most significant results of the research presented in this thesis regarding the selected work areas are the following:

• An evaluation of early certified environmental management systems (EMSs) in Sweden identified four areas as priorities in making the EMSs more efficient. Two of them, viz. improvement in the follow-up of environmental work, and the linking of EMSs to product design, were developed for the graphic arts industry. The remaining two areas were clarifying the identification process and assessment of environmental aspects, and streamlining and co-ordinating different management systems.

• An established and successfully tested working method for formulating and realising corporate sustainability strategies in the graphic arts industry.

• Industry-specific environmental indicator models for the graphic arts industry with defined methods for standardised inventorying and calculations. These models have been tested, used and approved of by the industry itself.

• Collected and compiled data for the developed environmental indicator models. Data have been collected from quite a large number of companies (10-20 companies for each of the printing techniques covered, i.e. coldset offset, heatset offset and gravure) over a period of several years.

• The use of the industry-specific environmental indicator models was developed and illustrated.

• A described and recommended work procedure for DfE in graphic arts companies including industry-specific tools for applying DfE to printed products, in the form of a manual and a checklist. The checklist was designed so that it can serve as a simple tool for the environmental assessment of printed products. The tools were tested by graphic arts companies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. 131 p.
Series
TRITA-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2006:19
Keyword
graphic arts industry, printing industry, environmental management, sustainability strategy, environmental indicators, design for environment, eco-design.
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4169 (URN)91-7178-476-4 (ISBN)
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2006-11-24, Sal F3, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 13:30
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