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Sustainability Management Systems for Business Leaders OPMT 5310

Operations Management Course

Course details

Consumers, regulatory agencies, NGOs and employees are increasingly demanding change in the operational impact of the business and organizations they choose to partner with. This course identifies the key requirements of a Sustainability Management System using the B Corporation (BCorp) and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standards, as well as area and subject specific standards such as Cradle to Cradle and LEED. Students investigate the critical elements of a management system and how they can be used to manage and improve the positive environmental and social impact of an organization.






Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of OPMT 5310 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 67220


Tue Apr 11 - Tue Jun 27 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 67220
  • $727.06
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 11 - Jun 27 Tue 17:30 - 19:20 Downtown DTC Rm. 483
Apr 11 - Jun 27 N/A N/A Online

Richard Vurdela

Course outline




Important information
  1. Departmental approval needed
  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. Reserved for students registered in the Sustainable Business Leadership or the BBA program. BBA students, please email your student ID to for permission to register. If you are not enrolled in either of these programs at BCIT and are seeking special permission to register, email

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Define the requirements of a good sustainability management system
  • Compare the various approaches to standardization
  • Describe the common elements of implementation
  • Describe the verification process necessary to be certified
  • Assess the gap between the current performance of an organization and the ISO and BCorp standards
  • Describe how subject and area focused standards can be integrated into an overall management system
  • Illustrate the role of measurement in a sustainability management system
  • Evaluate the operational and structural changes required to close social and environmental performance gaps
  • Apply the ISO and BCorp standards to improve sustainability performance
  • Design a sustainability management system to ensure standard compliance and business performance improvement

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

Sustainability Management Systems for Business Leaders (OPMT 5310) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Bachelor of Business Administration Full-time/Part-time
  2. Sustainable Business
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  3. Sustainable Business Leadership
    Advanced Diploma Full-time
  4. Sustainable Business Leadership
    Advanced Diploma Part-time


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