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Introduction to Sustainable Business Management BSUS 1110

Sustainable Business Course

Course details

Citizens, consumers, regulatory agencies, NGOs, and employees are increasingly demanding change in the social and environmental impacts of businesses and organizations. Business has entered a new era where success is based on the value returned to all stakeholders. As a result, businesses are building social equity and planetary boundaries into their strategy and business models. This course provides students with foundational knowledge of sustainable business theory and practices. It covers the core functional areas of a business (accounting, management, marketing, and operations). Students learn how these core functions are transforming to address the sustainability imperative.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of BSUS 1110 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 89507


Thu Jan 05 - Sat Apr 01 (13 weeks)

  • 13 weeks
  • CRN 89507
  • $591.58
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Apr 01 Thu 18:00 - 21:30 Online

Cindy Ball

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. This class is delivered synchronously online, which means that you are required to be available to log-on live to an online platform at all scheduled course days and times. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define sustainability and explain its relevance to business.
  • Evaluate business sustainability claims and commitments.
  • Explain corporate social responsibility (CSR); environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG); stakeholder theory; and planetary boundaries.
  • Articulate the role of private sector leadership in global collective action problems.
  • Explain the corporate governance mechanisms that ensure sustainable business practices.
  • Distinguish between sustainable performance and legal frameworks.
  • Understand commonly accepted global frameworks and reporting standards (e.g., SDGs, GRI, B Corp) and the role of reporting in achieving transparency.
  • Explain the role of risk management, supply chain management, business operations in sustainable business.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2021

Related Programs

Introduction to Sustainable Business Management (BSUS 1110) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Financial Management (Finance Option)
    Certificate Part-time
  2. Financial Management (Professional Accounting Option)
    Certificate Part-time
  3. International Trade and Transportation Logistics
    Certificate Part-time
  4. Leadership
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  5. Marketing Management
    Certificate Part-time
  6. Operations Management (Materials Management Option)
    Certificate Part-time
  7. Quality and Process Management
    Certificate Part-time


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