Credits: 6

Schedule: 12.09.2016 - 17.10.2016

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Angelina Korsunova

Minna Halme

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is no longer offered, please see 21E16001 Sustainability in Business.

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Understanding the concepts of sustainable business, corporate responsibility and sustainable consumption;
- Identifying sustainability challenges and introducing strategic approaches to respond to them
- Understanding sustainability in different business functions and the management instruments available;
- Developing critical thinking about how to deal with different stakeholders including the active roles of consumers in advancing sustainability;
- Recognizing how enterprises can innovate to develop more sustainable businesses.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course introduces the main sustainable development challenges of contemporary business, and familiarizes students with the fundamental business approaches, strategies, tools and innovations for addressing those challenges. The course begins with the key concepts of business, its role in society and engagement with different stakeholders, and continues with a more focused look at sustainability in different business functions such as strategy, the supply chain and communications. It explores the main international sustainability management instruments and standards, and provides participants the opportunity to become familiar with the advantages and limitations of these standards. The course introduces the emerging concepts of eco-innovation and provides insights into the active roles which consumers can play in advancing sustainability. The innovative approach is extended to explore business models for eco-efficiency and the potential for inclusive business to alleviate poverty. Finally the course draws together the key learnings in a simulation which will require the participants to make decisions about a business and its impacts on the local society and environment.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Final exam (70%), Assignments (Group/Individual) (30%)

Final exam makes up 70% of the course grade.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 30h (70% lecture attendance requirement)
Pre-readings for lectures 41h
Assignments (Group/Individual) 45h
Exam preparation 40h
Exam 4h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A selection of articles. Required pre-readings for each lecture (2-3 articles per lecture).

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration with Weboodi ends 7 days after the start of the period.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Priority list for selection of students: 1. Creative Sustainability students 2. CEMS students 3. Exchange students 4. MIB students 5. BIZ students 6. Internal mobility students

This course is no longer offered, please see 21E16001 Sustainability in Business.