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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

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Reserved for students registered in the Sustainable Business Leadership or the BBA program. Please email to request 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

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.


This section is only available for registration starting Wed, Oct 28 at 9:00 am (PDT)

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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


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