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The sweet spot in sustainability: A framework for corporate assessment in sugar manufacturing

Sureeyatanapas, P and Yang, JB and Bamford, D (2015) The sweet spot in sustainability: A framework for corporate assessment in sugar manufacturing. Production Planning and Control, 26 (13). pp. 1128-1144. ISSN 0953-7287

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Abstract

© 2015 The Author(s). The assessment of corporate sustainability has become an increasingly important topic, both within academia and in industry. For manufacturing companies to conform to their commitments to sustainable development, a standard and reliable measurement framework is required. There is, however, a lack of sector-specific and empirical research in many areas, including the sugar industry. This paper presents an empirically developed framework for the assessment of corporate sustainability within the Thai sugar industry. Multiple case studies were conducted, and a survey using questionnaires was also employed to enhance the power of generalisation. The developed framework is an accurate and reliable measurement instrument of corporate sustainability, and guidelines to assess qualitative criteria are put forward. The proposed framework can be used for a companys self-assessment and for guiding practitioners in performance improvement and policy decision-making.

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