Next Article in Journal
Aquatic-Derived Biomaterials for a Sustainable Future: A European Opportunity
Next Article in Special Issue
Developing Composite Indicators for Agricultural Sustainability Assessment: Effect of Normalization and Aggregation Techniques
Previous Article in Journal
Evaluation of Wet Digestion Methods for Quantification of Metal Content in Electronic Scrap Material
Previous Article in Special Issue
A New Composite Index for Greenhouse Gases: Climate Science Meets Social Science
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Resources 2017, 6(4), 63; doi:10.3390/resources6040063

Proposal of a Sustainable Circular Index for Manufacturing Companies

1
CEFAGE (Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics)—Department of Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal
2
C-MAST (Centre for Aerospace Science and Technologies) and GOVCOPP (Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies)—Department of Electromechanical Engineering, University of Beira Interior, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal
3
C-MAST (Centre for Aerospace Science and Technologies) and Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 12 September 2017 / Revised: 1 November 2017 / Accepted: 8 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability Indicators for Environment Management)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [333 KB, uploaded 17 November 2017]   |  

Abstract

Recently the circular economy has increasingly received attention worldwide due to the recognition that the security of the supply of resources and environmental sustainability are crucial for the prosperity of all the countries and businesses. G20 countries are stimulating the development of frameworks that enhance the circular economy and generally more sustainable production and consumption modes. In this context, this paper aims to suggest an index to assess the sustainability and the circularity of manufacturing companies. With this tenet, a Sustainable Circular Index (SCI) is proposed based on a five-phase framework. This index could support managers in assessing their level of sustainability and circularity and in implementing some practices that could improve the performances of their companies regarding these two topics. This index represents an important benchmarking tool for manufacturing companies to assess their sustainable and circular behavior and represents a guideline for managers. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; circular economy; composite index; manufacturing companies sustainability; circular economy; composite index; manufacturing companies
Figures

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Azevedo, S.G.; Godina, R.; Matias, J.C.O. Proposal of a Sustainable Circular Index for Manufacturing Companies. Resources 2017, 6, 63.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Resources EISSN 2079-9276 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top