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BSUS 1110 - Introduction to Sustainable Business Management

Sustainable Business Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 48222

Thu Sep 09 - Thu Dec 09 13 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Dec 09 Thu 18:00 - 21:30 Distance


Cindy Ball

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. No class on Nov. 11. 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.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress

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

BSUS 1110 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

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


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