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BSUS 5110 - Sustainable Business Strategy

Sustainable Business Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course introduces students to sustainable business strategy, specifically how sustainability can be a strategic differentiator that can lead to improved environmental, social, and financial performance. The course covers best practices for purpose-driven organizations with an emphasis on strategic planning and developing the business case for sustainability. Students explore how business can drive systems-level change by operating within planetary boundaries and promoting social equity. Students learn how to communicate the competitive advantage of being a purpose-driven organization to influence management decision and stakeholders.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 89550

Tue Jan 04 - Tue Mar 22 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Mar 22 Tue 17:30 - 19:20 DTC DTC Rm. 483
Jan 04 - Mar 22 Online


Andrea Harris

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Reserved for students registered in the Sustainable Business Leadership Advanced Diploma

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

In Progress and Full

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Distinguish between sustainability as operational efficiency and a differentiating strategy.
  • Build a business case for a sustainability strategy for an organization.
  • Evaluate how different busienss models contribute to social equity, respect planetary boundaries and ensure economic viability.
  • Identify key stakeholders and explain the importance of working with government, civil society and the non-profit sector to support sustainable business practices.
  • Explain the Sustainable Development Goals and how they can be used as a strategic tool for business.
  • Communicate the competitive advantage of sustainability intitiatives to diverse stakeholders.
  • Distinguish between sustainability as operational efficiency and a differentiating strategy.
  • Define objectives, goals and tactics and distinguish them from strategy.

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

BSUS 5110 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

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


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