As climate change undeniably ravages the planet, the need for reform in Manufacturing, above all industries is becoming dire by the day. As the industry that provides the largest number of jobs in the US, Manufacturing needs companies to make collective, deliberate and organized efforts toward building a sustainable future. Green Manufacturing is no longer just a trend, it is a necessity and an inevitability.

In this competitive world, companies look at redesigning their production processes and activities to stand up to the competitiveness that the markets demand. To add value through every process is key to the success of each organisation. Value stream mapping (VSM) is a powerful tool in lean implementation to streamline processes and achieve that highest level of productivity in the industry.

Empathy. That is often the secret to making a successful sale. It goes well beyond merely googling for your potential customer and reading some of the top results that show up, or trawling through their LinkedIn and Facebook pages. It also includes putting yourself in your customer’s shoes and seeing the world through their eyes.

Go to any major auto show, and you are likely to be wowed by the futuristic ideas and cutting-edge technologies embedded in various vehicles. Some of the concept vehicles and transpiration systems on display may even look like something straight out of a science fiction flick. These solutions may look slick, but an important question soon pops up — can everyone use them? How inclusive are they?

Local problems often need local solutions. And for that, you invariably need local expertise. In a paper titled Design Thinking for Social Innovation, authors Tim Brown and Jocelyn Wyatt argue that design thinking is best delivered by spending time with users or citizens in their own environments, rather than working on a project abstractly in another space.

A systematic review of design thinking on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website asserts that by increasing the focus on patient and provider needs, design thinking enhances innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare. Healthcare systems require continuous innovation

The communication process, like any other operation within an organization, stands to benefit immensely from leveraging design thinking. Since content is created by humans for humans and communication is the exchange of ideas between humans, the human-centered design thinking approach is well suited for both content and communication.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Achieve DEI goals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across employee and supplier value chain.
  • Create a DEI strategy for employers to develop best practices and track their progress.
  • Monitor DEI sustainability.

Circularity

  • Develop roadmaps to transform material value chain, advance circular models and minimize waste.
  • Optimize resource utilization in automotive battery circularity.
  • Simulate social risk and strategize to achieve social sustainability in the battery supply chain.

Decarbonization

  • Strategize pathways for Net Zero with our GHG protocol-led Scope 1, 2, 3 CO2e emission inventory tool.
  • Measure current carbon emission and simulate a low carbon roadmap.
  • Make smarter carbon investment decisions.

Green IT and Data

  • Address Climate crisis to meet ESG goals of Green IT and Data.
  • Mitigate economic risk to be LEED certified.
  • Manage Data as the new asset for ESG.

Green Infrastructure

  • Address ecological crisis to meet ESG goals of Green building.
  • Manage financial risk in transitioning to green infrastructure.
  • Strategize to adhere to LEED certification.

Green Sourcing

  • Develop framework and templates in AI/ML platform to meet green sourcing.
  • Assess the opportunities in green sourcing.
  • Devise Sustainability communication to build an ecosystem for green sourcing.

Green Supply Chain and Manufacturing

  • Optimize container features to minimize GHG emission in logistics.
  • Achieve end-to-end visibility assessment to meet sustainability targets.
  • AI-led supply chain simulation.

Benchmarking

  • Defines capabilities with data-driven, AI -led Peer Benchmarking.
  • Transform business while managing financial risk and opportunities.
  • Develop persona-based KPIs and a roadmap to achieve ESG goals.

Materiality and Maturity Assessment

  • Layer your organization’s capability maturity to every material topic supported with algorithmic integrated scores, attributes, ranking and heatmap.
  • Choose from preloaded global frameworks.
  • Collaborate with a spectrum of stakeholders to iterate and finalize.