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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.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe various business structures (corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, benefit companies, cooperatives) and their pros and cons.
  • Articulate the business case for sustainability.
  • 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.
  • Define objectives, goals, and tactics and distinguish them from strategy.
  • Explain principles of community economic development and governance advantages of the cooperative model.
  • Identify stakeholder groups, their interests, and best practices in stakeholder engagement and management.
  • Identify the impacts of various business 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. Sustainable Business Leadership
    Full-time/Part-time   Advanced Diploma


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