Course Description

Change and adaptation are requirements of survival in the business world that many companies fail to meet. It is not because they do not want to change or that they necessarily fail to act in time-although that is a possibility that all businesses should keep in mind. A business might be able to successfully keep up with the demands of their customer base, and yet still find themselves struggling to consistently make ends meet. Is it just a matter of poor decision making? Marketing issues? Or is due to their practices and actions as an entity as a whole?

What the business world is starting to learn is that many of the old methods of adaptation that have worked for years are no longer enough. There is more to their survival than just maintaining their bottom line and the quality of their product-they need to pay attention to what their impact on the world is on a much larger scale. Namely, their physical impact on the world and the potential effects it can have for future generations.

This course looks at sustainable development as it applies to business, and how it can be integrated into existing business practices. In this first lesson, you will be introduced to the concept of sustainability and what it actually involves in business and in general. The purpose that it can serve, its key areas of focus, and the basics of sustainability will also be explored.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: An Introduction to Sustainable Development Within Business

Change and adaptation are requirements of survival in the business world that many companies fail to meet. It is not because they do not want to change or that they necessarily fail to act in time-although that is a possibility that all businesses should keep in mind Additional lesson topics: Sustainable Development; The Several Pillars of Corporate Sustainability; The Definition of Sustainable Business Practices; The Three Pillars Of Sustainability; What Is Sustainable Development and Why Does It Matter?; The Politics of Sustainability; The Inevitability of Sustainability Politics, Technology and Management 11 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: My Interest in Sustainable Business Development...
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Terminology of Sustainable Development

As sustainability can be a rather complex concept that encompasses a variety of areas, it is not uncommon for someone to struggle to understand what is all involved with it. The application of sustainable development into different areas of society often shifts the focus and factors involved. Additional lesson topics: Preventing Overshoot and Collapse: Managing The Earth’s Resources; What Does Organic Mean?; Greenwashing; What Are Carbon Emissions And Why Do They Matter? ; Organic 101: What The USDA Organic Label Means; Biodiversity and Human Well-being; What Is A Carbon Footprint?; What Is Climate Change?; Sustainable Land Management; What Are Climate and Climate Change? 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: History of Sustainable Development

Developing an understanding of something often requires looking at how it came to be and how it has evolved over time. History is often one of the best ways to learn about something, and it can help put it into perspective. Additional lesson topics: The Limits to Growth; The Story of Silent Spring; The First American Settlers Cut Down Millions Of Trees to Deliberately Engi; World of Change: Antarctic Ozone Hole; Backgrounder on the Three Mile Island Accident; How A Burning River Helped Create The Clean Water Act; The Gruesome Amoco Cadis Oil Spill Incident; Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of ; Industrial Revolution; KP Introduction; Understanding the Controversy and Science of GMOs; Environmental Defense Fund EDF ; The World Meteorological Organization in a Changing World; The 200-Year History Of American Employee Rights; First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery Due to Chemical Ban; Sustainability and the EPA, Chapter 2: History of Sustainability; Global Warming Controversy; SD Timeline PDF ; An Oral History of An Inconvenient Truth; What is the WTO?; Arab Spring 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Misconceptions About Sustainable Development

Regardless of how much information there is about a particular topic, it is not uncommon for misinformation and misconceptions to still be paraded as fact. Often, this can negatively impact how the public views that topic and their support of it. Additional lesson topics: Myths About Sustainability; Let’s Be Honest: Real Sustainability May Not Make Business Sense; The Seven Myths Of Sustainability; Common Myths About ‘Sustainability’; Three Misconceptions About Environmental Sustainability In Higher Ed; What Are The Most Common Misconceptions About Sustainability?; Capitalism v Environment: Can Greed Ever Be Green? 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Benefits and Advantages to Business

Knowing about something and what it can entail is not always enough for a person to form an opinion about it. There is often more that they would like to know into order to make a formal decision on whether or not it is something that they should direct their attention to. Additional lesson topics: Tax Credits, Rebates and Savings; Environmental Law Violations; What Are The Benefits Of Going Green For A Business?; Business Benefits of Sustainability; Five Benefits of Embracing Sustainability and Green Manufacturing; Effects of Sustainability on Stakeholders; The Business Benefits of Sustainability Partnerships; The Business Benefits of Sustainability; Benefits of Becoming a Sustainable Business; More Reasons Companies Should Care About Sustainability 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Obstacles and Disadvantages to Business

Nothing is really perfect, even the things that seem like there's nothing that can ever go wrong with them. There can still be problems that arise no matter how great or beneficial something is. Additional lesson topics: Sustainability Challenges In Business; Advantages and Disadvantages of Corporations Going Green; Ten Reasons Why Businesses Aren’t More Sustainable; How Can Consumers Find Out If A Corporation Is “Greenwashing” Environmental; Why You Shouldn’t Have A Sustainability Strategy; The Disadvantages of Going Green For A Corporation; The Troubling Evolution of Corporate Greenwashing; Business Risks of Sustainability Marketing 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: The Potential Risks for Businesses That Forgo Sustainable Development

As popular as sustainability and sustainable development have become, there are still those in the business world who have not gotten involved. It's possible that they did consider it at one point, but ultimately decided to pass. Additional lesson topics: Clean Energy Is Building A New American Workforce; Sustainability – The Resilient Business Risk; Renewable Resource; Black Lung: Why Respirators Are Not A Solution; Major Criminal Cases; Environmental Issues That Affect Business; Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? Part III ; When It Comes to Sustainable Development, The U.S. Is Failing By A Lot ; The Drastic Consequences of Unsustainable Development 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: The UN-Sustainable Development Goals

International focus on sustainable development has been around since the United Nation's initial report on the subject. Since then, the UN has included sustainability in their global efforts in some way. Additional lesson topics: UN – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; UN – Affordable and Clean Energy; UN – Gender Equality; UN – Sustainable Cities and Communities; UN – Decent Work and Economic Growth; UN – Reduced Inequalities; UN – Clean Water and Sanitation; Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony; UN – Responsible Consumption and Production 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Environmental Sustainability

Lesson 9 Addressing sustainable development within business sometimes require taking an in depth look at certain areas. The three key concepts--environmental, societal, and economic sustainability-can all impact a business in their own unique way. Additional lesson topics: Air Pollution; Sustainability Role Models: Why Do We Need Them?; Introduction to the Importance of Environmental Sustainability; Interesting Facts About Water Pollution That You Should Know; Interesting Facts About Water Pollution; Shocking Facts About Air Pollution; Pollution; Climate Change: Signs of the Planet’s Deterioration; Deforestation: Facts, Causes and Effects; Desertification; The Business Case For Environmental Sustainability; Breathtaking Facts About Deforestation; Becoming A Role Model For Sustainability 9 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Economic Sustainability

Unlike with environmental sustainability, there are some aspects that people do not associate with sustainable development. Aside from a market built upon sustainable products and services, most people to not think sustainability and the economy have anything in common. Additional lesson topics: Key Steps to A More Sustainable Economy; Sustainability Makes Business Sense; Poverty; Facts About Global Poverty; Growing A Sustainable Economy; Economic Bottom Line; Nonrenewable Resource; Non-renewable Energy 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Social Sustainability

The social elements of sustainable development are some of the most crucial, both in and out of the business world. Social sustainability presents its own set of rules and issues that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to sustainable development within business. Additional lesson topics: Leading Companies Demonstrate Social Sustainability Inside and Out; The Triple Bottom Line; Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality; Sexual Exploitation Law and Legal Definition; Violence – UNICEF Data; Social Sustainability; Sustainability in the Workplace; What Is the Difference Between A Human Right and a Civil Right?; Education and Sustainable Development; Human Rights and Sustainability; What Is Social Sustainability? A Clarification of Concepts 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Implications of Sustainable Development

Due to its history and the sheer amount of attention that it has received over the years, there are some conclusions that the business world has naturally reached on the subject of sustainable development. Additional lesson topics: Stakeholder Relationships: Key to A Sustainable Enterprise; Business Strategies For Sustainable Development PDF 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Sustainable Development Practices and Strategies

When introducing something new, there are often a particular set of rules in which changes can be made. This provides consistency and helps in avoiding mistakes. However, some concepts are designed to have flexibility in the manner in which they can be implemented and used. Additional lesson topics: Starting At The Source: Sustainability In Supply Chains; What Makes a Product ENERGY STAR?; Sustainable Business Practices; Examples of Business Sustainability; Sustainable Business Practices Examples – Are You Doing Your Part?; What Is Renewable Energy?; Best Practices In Sustainability: Ford, Starbucks and More; Engaging Employees to Create A Sustainable Business; Recycling At Work; How to Start An Office Recycling Program; Key Considerations For A Sustainable Business Strategy 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Integrating Sustainable Development Into Your Business

Implementing sustainable development into your business involves more than you realize. You cannot simply decide that you or your business is going to be more eco-friendly and just have it magically happen without doing anything to make sure that it will work. Additional lesson topics: How to Implement and Manage Successful Change Programs; Five Ways For Businesses to Integrate Sustainable Practice Into Their Opera; Steps to Implementing Change In The Workplace; Steps to Implementing Successful Organizational Change; The Seven Steps to Implementing Change in Business; Simple Ways Companies Can Integrate Sustainable Development Goals 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Marketing with Sustainable Development

There are parts of the business that you might not take into consideration when implementing sustainable development practices. If implementation and integration were done successfully, then there should be noticeable changes made to how the business operates. Additional lesson topics: What Is Sustainable Marketing?; Tips to Avoid Greenwashing; The Evolving Relationship Between Sustainability and Marketing; Types Of Sustainability Marketing Tactics Corporate Execs Need to Understan; Why Transparency In Marketing Is Key For The Customer Experience; Short Guide: What Is Greenwashing and How to Avoid It; Organic Labeling; Organic Labeling Standards 99 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Determine what sustainable development within business means.
  • Describe the terminology of sustainable development.
  • Summarize history of sustainable development.
  • Identify misconceptions about sustainable development.
  • Identify benefits and advantages to business.
  • Describe obstacles and disadvantages to business.
  • Describe the potential risks for businesses that forgo sustainable development.
  • Describe the un-sustainable development goals.
  • Describe environmental sustainability.
  • Describe economic sustainability.
  • Describe social sustainability.
  • Describe implications of sustainable development.
  • Describe methods for integrating sustainable development into your business.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Sustainable Development for Business
Course Number: 9770575
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Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (54 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

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