In the near future, European factories will face a number of social sustainability challenges. Some of these challenges are demographics-driven, such as an aging population and a decreasing pool of potential new young employees.

Europe ́s challenges involve several possible gaps, for example:

  • employee well-being vs. the imperative to carry out economically sustainable business,
  • future competence requirements vs. the available workforce’s knowledge  
  • the need to retain old and experienced employees vs. their interest in remaining at work
  • the need to attract a new generation of workers vs. their interest in manufacturing employment

The SO SMART project focuses on six main challenges for European Manufacturing:

  • Value Creation
  • Stimulating Work Environment
  • Life-Work Balance
  • Business Perspective
  • Key Indicators for success
  • Embeddedness in Society