Given the public’s increasing concerns about sustainability, organizations are under pressure to promote sustainable development by balancing their environmental, social, and economic impacts. Sustainability-oriented innovation (SOI) provides a strategic way for organizations to address sustainability challenges. Moreover, information technologies (IT) are believed to have a great potential for enabling SOI. However, there is a lack of research providing a comprehensive view of IT-enabled SOI. This study aims to address this research gap by exploring IT-enabled SOI from the perspective of affordance theory. Based on the literature review, this research in progress systematically analyses the role of IT capability in SOI development and propose a preliminary conceptual framework. The IT-enabled SOI development framework portrays how organizational IT capability enables SOI development through functional affordances. The next steps of this study include a pilot study and multiple case studies to verify and refine the proposed framework.