In the 21st century, corporations cannot ignore the impact of increasing formal (regulatory) and informal (community) expectations relating to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This course examines the scope of these expectations, explores the reasons behind these expectations, and evaluates the impact of these expectations on corporations operating in a dynamic competitive environment in a capitalist economy. The course takes the perspective of an individual corporation that wants to: examine both its internal and external environments to determine the range of sustainability issues that it faces; develop strategies for sustainable practices that enhance its competitive position; make a business case to a range of its stakeholders, including owners, for the adoption of those sustainable practices; and understand the principal barriers to the implementation of those practices.
This course aims to promote an understanding, within the context of a capitalist economy, of:
- the importance to each individual corporate entity of corporate sustainability;
- the inter-relationship between the environmental, social, and economic aspects of corporate sustainability;
- key drivers and inhibitors, both external and internal to the corporation, of the environmental and social aspects of corporate sustainability;
- the roles of social and environmental risk, and product and process innovation, in developing corporate sustainability; and
- theoretical and practical constraints on the development of a business case for corporate sustainability;
- and provide an overview of:
- the principal ‘toolkits' currently used by practitioners to recognise and appropriately resolve environmental and social sustainability issues in business; and
- current best practice in corporate sustainability.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:
- identify and analyse, within the context of economic sustainability, issues within a corporation that relate to its natural environmental and social sustainability;
- make a case to a range of stakeholders, including managers, boards, and owners for addressing specific corporate sustainability issues; and
- develop appropriate policies and plans to address these issues.
See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available.
Individual assignments (30%), Seminar participation (10%), Individual report and presentation (30%), Final examination (30%)
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3 hour seminar. A total workload for an average student of ten hours per week over 13 weeks.
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4272||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|