5 Balanced Scorecards for Manufacturers

The balanced scorecard is a powerful tool for helping companies improve their performance. It provides a clear and concise way to measure progress towards strategic goals, and it helps to align the efforts of all employees with the organization’s strategy.

We always recommend to the manufacturers we work with that they focus on a limited number of KPIs deemed most critical to their businesses when putting their scorecards in place. These KPIs should be quantifiable, relevant to your strategic objectives, and actionable. It’s key that you don’t overload your balanced scorecard with too many metrics, too. Instead, focus on the most critical indicators that will have the greatest impact on achieving your strategic goals.


Scorecarding – Best Practices

Here are some best practices for developing and using a balanced scorecard, along with 5 scorecard examples that are ideal for businesses in manufacturing and a number of other industries:

  • Start with a clear strategy: Before developing a balanced scorecard, ensure that you have a clear understanding of your organization’s mission, vision, and strategic goals. This will help you align your metrics with your overall strategy.
  • Develop a balanced scorecard framework: The balanced scorecard is typically divided into four or five perspectives (depending on your business type).  These areas of perspective include financial, customer, internal processes, and learning and growth. We are also seeing more companies include “environmental impact” as part of their scorecard framework. Regardless how many perspectives you examine, each should have its own set of metrics that align with your company’s strategic goals.
  • Communicate effectively: Make sure that everyone in the organization understands the balanced scorecard and how it relates to the organization’s strategic objectives. Use clear and concise language to explain the metrics and their importance.
  • Monitor progress regularly: Review your balanced scorecard on a regular basis to track progress and identify areas where you need to improve. Use the data to make informed decisions and adjust your strategy as needed.
  • Continuously improve: Use the information from your balanced scorecard to continuously improve your organization’s performance. This may involve refining your metrics, changing your strategy, or making operational changes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.


Balanced Scorecard – Examples

As mentioned above, the balanced scorecard framework should focus on the key performance “perspectives” of your business.  Highlighted below are example scorecards for each of these areas, including potential objectives for each scorecard and the KPIs you may want to highlight.

A.  Financial Scorecard


Increase profitability and shareholder value.


  • Revenue growth rate: The percentage increase in revenue over a set period of time.
  • Gross profit margin: The percentage of revenue remaining once cost of goods sold has been deducted.
  • Operating profit margin: The percentage of revenue remaining after deducting all operating expenses.
  • Return on investment (ROI): The amount of profit generated for each dollar invested.
  • Cash flow: The amount of cash generated or used by the organization over a set period of time.
  • Cost reduction: The percentage reduction in costs over a set period of time.
  • Market share: The percentage of the market the organization occupies. 

B.  Customer Scorecard


Increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.


  • Customer satisfaction: The percentage of customers who report being satisfied with the organization’s products or services.
  • Net Promoter Score (NPS): A measure of customer loyalty based on the likelihood of customers to recommend the organization to others.
  • Customer retention rate: The percentage of customers who continue to do business with the organization over time.
  • Customer lifetime value (CLV): The total amount of revenue the organization can expect to generate from a single customer over their lifetime.
  • Customer acquisition cost (CAC): The amount of money the organization spends to acquire a new customer.
  • Time to resolution: The amount of time it takes to resolve customer complaints or issues.

C.  Business Process Scorecard


Improve efficiency and effectiveness of internal processes.


  • Process cycle time: The time it takes to complete a specific process from start to finish.
  • Process quality: The number of defects or errors in a specific process.
  • Process improvement: The percentage increase in efficiency or effectiveness of a specific process over time.
  • Resource utilization: The percentage of resources (such as time, materials, or equipment) used during a specific process.
  • Capacity utilization: The percentage of available capacity (such as production capacity or personnel capacity) used during a specific process.
  • Time to market: The time it takes to bring a new product or service to market.

D.  Learning and Growth Scorecard


Develop and improve the skills and capabilities of employees.


  • Employee satisfaction: The percentage of employees who report being satisfied with their job and work environment.
  • Employee turnover rate: The percentage of employees who leave the organization over a set period of time.
  • Employee training and development: The percentage of employees who receive training and development opportunities.
  • Employee engagement: The level of commitment and involvement of employees in their work.
  • Innovation and creativity: The number of new ideas or innovations generated by employees.
  • Knowledge management: The percentage of organizational knowledge that is captured, stored, and shared effectively.

E.  Environmental Scorecard


Minimize the environmental impact of the organization’s operations.


  • Energy consumption: The amount of energy consumed by the organization over a set period of time.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions: The amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the organization over a set period of time.
  • Water consumption: The amount of water consumed by the organization over a set period of time.
  • Waste reduction: The percentage of waste generated by the organization that is recycled or reused.
  • Sustainable sourcing: The percentage of raw materials sourced from sustainable sources.
  • Environmental compliance: The percentage of the organization’s operations that comply with environmental regulations and standards.


While financial indicators can certainly provide you with a lot of information about your company’s performance, they don’t give you the whole picture. Non-financial aspects of your company’s business (like product quality, employee turnover and production productivity) enable you to identify problematic trends before your profits are negatively affected. The Balanced Scorecard provides a solid framework for defining the financial and operational matrixes that you should examine and how.

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