Making the business case and establishing strategic directions for sustainable manufacturing requires a collaborative effort. Strategic capabilities that can help create sustainable value for all stakeholders must be identified. Technologies and methodologies to provide these capabilities for implementation must then be developed, through public-private partnerships. This paper presents major business imperatives and strategic capabilities necessary to enable value creation through sustainable manufacturing identified based on extensive engagement with business leaders and industry professionals as well as academic experts and government agency representatives. The paper also presents a future vision for sustainable products, processes and systems that can be derived from such capabilities.

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Published in Procedia Manufacturing, v. 8, p. 20-27.

© 2017 The Author(s).

This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)

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The authors gratefully acknowledge the project funding from the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) Award No. 70NANB14H042 for the project titled ‘Partnership for Research and Innovation in Sustainable Manufacturing (PRISM): Product, Process and System Integration’ and the National Science Foundation CBET Award No. 1548385 titled ‘Value Creation through Sustainable Manufacturing; September 24 and 25, 2015; Lexington, KY’ that helped support the work presented in this paper.