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BSUS 5210 - Sustainable Business Models

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

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.



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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   Advanced Diploma
  3. Sustainable Business Leadership
    Part-time   Advanced Diploma


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