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BSUS 5110 - Sustainable Business Strategy

Sustainable Business Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

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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.





Fall 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2020 term.

CRN 47076

Tue Sep 08 - Tue Dec 15 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 08 - Dec 15 Tue 19:30 - 21:30 DTC Online Delivery
Sep 08 - Dec 15 Online Online Delivery


Andrea Harris

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Reserved for students registered in the Sustainable Business Leadership or the BBA program. Please email for departmental approval. If you are not enrolled in either of these programs at BCIT and are seeking special permission to register, please contact Program Head Tessa Jordan at 3. Course includes a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning each week.

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:

  • 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/Part-time   Advanced Diploma

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit for more information.

Fall 2020

Books for Fall 2020 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Downtown Campus Bookstore

If you are taking this course at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Downtown Campus Bookstore.

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Becoming A Sustainable Organization
Author Kohl
Publisher Auerbach
Copyright 2016
Binding Cloth
ISBN 978-1-49870-081-8
Price $116.95

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The Purpose Revoilution
Author Izzo
Copyright 2018
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-62656-966-9
Price $20.95


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