About the course
A sustainable business is one that generates profits for its owners, protects the environment, and improves the lives of the people with whom it interacts. This online certificate program introduces you to the concept of sustainability and how to create sustainable business practices in today’s marketplace.
Student who pursue this certificate will learn the connections between the environment and sustainability, the good-business arguments for why an organization should embrace sustainable management, the role government regulation plays in sustainability efforts, as well as some criticisms of corporate sustainability. Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to apply sustainability management principles in the workplace, apply the triple bottom line (TBL) model and its three pillars of “People, Planet, and Profits” within an organization; and recognize and implement best practices for measuring sustainable management efforts.
Each 3 to 5 hour, self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that engage you and structure your learning about sustainable management.
Upon successful completion, you can download a printable certificate of completion for this online course suite. This certificate has no textbooks or prerequisites.
Curriculum & Course Details
The Sustainable Management certificate consists of five courses for a total of approximately 15 to 25 hours of online instruction. Students have five months to complete all of the coursework.
- An Overview of Sustainable Management
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Measuring Sustainable Management Performance
- Sustainable Management: Leadership Ethics
- Triple Bottom Line Accounting
After completing this entire certificate, students should be able to complete each of the following:
An Overview of Sustainable Management
- Define sustainability and its application in an organizational setting
- Describe the connection between the environment and sustainability
- Explain the business case for sustainable management
- Recognize the role of government regulation in corporate sustainability efforts
- Discuss leadership in sustainable management
- Outline the criticisms of corporate sustainability
- Apply sustainable management principles to workplace scenarios
Corporate Social Responsibility
- Define corporate social responsibility (CSR) and explain how the concept has been broadened
- Describe the moral and economic arguments for CSR
- Outline the criticisms of CSR
- Explain the role of CSR standards and how CSR is measured
- Recognize the impact on corporations of their CSR performance
- Outline best practices for CSR
Measuring Sustainable Management Performance
- Explain how managers can model and measure sustainable management practices
- Discuss how strategic performance measurements, including the balanced scorecard and Shareholder Value Analysis, can be employed in looking at corporate sustainability efforts
- Outline how accounting systems, including activity-based costing, life-cycle costing, and full cost accounting can be used in assessing sustainability
- Understand methods of calculating return on investment for sustainability decisions and green capital investments
- Discuss measuring and reporting sustainability to government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
- Recognize best practices for measuring sustainable management efforts
Sustainable Management: Leadership Ethics
- Discuss the role of ethics in the workplace and for leadership
- Describe some of the major ethical frameworks used in developing business ethics
- Discuss the use of ethical standards and ethics codes in the workplace
- Recognize the role of leadership in setting the ethical tone for an organization
- Apply ethical principles to workplace scenarios
Triple Bottom Line Accounting
- Explain the triple bottom line (TBL) concept and its three pillars of "People, Planet, and Profits"
- Describe the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) TBL accounting framework
- Explain how economic, environmental, and social performance indicators are developed
- Discuss how TBL accounting measures an organization's sustainability performance
- Outline the criticisms of TBL accounting
- Describe best practices for TBL accounting
Each of these self-paced courses offers an assortment of interactive exercises, selected readings, quizzes and self-assessments. It is recommended that students complete the courses in sequential order, but students are able to access all five courses at any time. Upon completion, learners are given a summary of what they've learned for quick reference while at work.
Each course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered within 3 business days.
This certificate requires no textbooks or prerequisites. There are some downloadable materials which students can save during the program to access for further use.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.