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OPMT 5310 - Sustainability Management Systems for Business Leaders

Operations Management 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

Consumers, regulatory agencies, NGOs and employees are increasingly demanding change in the operational impact of the business and organizations they choose to partner with. This course identifies the key requirements of a Sustainability Management System using the B Corporation (BCorp) and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standards, as well as area and subject specific standards such as Cradle to Cradle and LEED. Students investigate the critical elements of a management system and how they can be used to manage and improve the positive environmental and social impact of an organization



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Define the requirements of a good sustainability management system
  • Compare the various approaches to standardization
  • Describe the common elements of implementation
  • Describe the verification process necessary to be certified
  • Assess the gap between the current performance of an organization and the ISO and BCorp standards
  • Describe how subject and area focused standards can be integrated into an overall management system
  • Illustrate the role of measurement in a sustainability management system
  • Evaluate the operational and structural changes required to close social and environmental performance gaps
  • Apply the ISO and BCorp standards to improve sustainability performance
  • Design a sustainability management system to ensure standard compliance and business performance improvement

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

OPMT 5310 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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