Role of Sustainability Data in Manufacturing Companies

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The meaning of sustainability is increasing among manufacturing companies, as pressure is coming from both within and outside of the company. Data and sustainability are strongly linked as data, e.g., enables highlighting sustainability actions and measuring implications. This paper studies, how manufacturing companies are seeing the role of sustainability data when innovating their practical actions. We explore the theme by presenting findings from 12 recent interviews with manufacturing companies. The results are demonstrated in a framework for describing companies’ data utilisation and sustainability-related actions, divided into four different types: 1) Beginners in data utilisation having no sustainability focus, 2) Beginners in data utilisation with sustainability focus, 3) Advanced data utilisers with rising sustainability focus and 4) Advanced data utilisers with sustainability focus. In addition, the paper presents practical viewpoints of sustainability data in manufacturing companies. Managerial and theoretical implications consist of clarifying scattered viewpoints for the role of sustainability data in manufacturing companies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference
Subtitle of host publicationInnovating in a Digital World
EditorsLeandro Bitetti, Iain Bitran, Steffen Conn, Jessica Fishburn, Eelko Huizingh, Marko Torkkeli, Jialei Yang
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
PublisherLappeenranta University of Technology
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-335-695-5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventXXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference: Innovating in a Digital World - RAdisson Blu Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 5 Jun 20228 Jun 2022 (Proceeding submissions)

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SeriesLUT Scientific and Expertise Publications: Research Reports


ConferenceXXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference
Internet address


  • manufacturing companies
  • sustainability
  • B2B
  • business-to-business
  • innovation
  • data utilisation
  • sustainability data


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