When it comes to sustainability, manufacturing sector does not usually come to mind, yet this industry is the leader in sustainability initiatives and implementation. Companies implementing advanced solutions and processes in their operation are typically the ones scoring high on sustainability charts. Regulations, local and federal, push the manufacturers to implement sustainable solutions. Internal factors such as operating efficiency leading to higher profits are also motivating the companies to move in this direction. Data analysis and improved metrics help companies identify and eliminate inefficiency leading to lower resource usage and decreasing negative environmental impact.
- Research is showing that heavy manufacturing is keeping their numbers very similar to light manufacturing.
- Heavy manufacturing has been doing better than other types which is consistent with five year trends.
- Six sigma certifications are pushing the need for more sustainability in the manufacturing division.
“We find that underlying sustainability is access to information. Whether it’s business-to-business or consumer, we have more information about what companies are doing”