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BSUS 5210 - Sustainable Business Models

Sustainable Business Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

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Course Details

As the positive impact of sustainability on business performance is increasingly well established, organizations are moving beyond corporate social responsibility (CSR) to embed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance in their strategy and operations. In this new reality, the business case for sustainability is clear; sustainability is a competitive advantage, improves risk management, encourages innovation, improves financial performance, and helps build employee engagement and customer loyalty. In this course, students explore options for structuring purpose-driven businesses (governance and necessary metrics) and the features of purpose-driven organizations (leadership, commitments, policies, reporting, and partnerships). Students have opportunities to compare the pros and cons of various sustainable business models.





Winter 2021

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

CRN 88245

Tue Jan 05 - Tue Mar 23 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 05 - Mar 23 Tue 19:30 - 21:30 Online Delivery
See Notes below
Jan 05 - Mar 23 Online Delivery
See Notes below


Andrea Harris

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Departmental approval needed. Reserved for Sustainable Business Leadership and BBA students. 3. Please email with your student ID for departmental approval. 4. If the course is full, please email with your student ID to be added to the waitlist. 5. Course includes a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning each week.

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:

  • Describe various organizational structures (corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, benefit companies, cooperatives, not-for-profits) and their pros and cons.
  • Articulate the business case for sustainability and community economic development.
  • Explain the principles of community economic development.
  • Define and describe an organization's purpose.
  • Explain the impacts of embedding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance on an organization's board, strategy, policies, and operations.
  • Identify stakeholder groups, their interests, and best practices in stakeholder engagement and management.
  • Identify the impacts of various organizational structures on stakeholders (employees, shareholders, supply chains, civil society, and the planet) and describe ways to measure these impacts.

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

BSUS 5210 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.

Winter 2021

Books for Winter 2021 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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The Purpose Revoilution
Author Izzo
Copyright 2018
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-62656-966-9
Price $20.95


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