Online Class: Sustainable Development for Business

This course looks at sustainable development as it applies to business, and how it can be integrated into existing business practices.

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Course Description

Pioneering a New Era: Sustainable Development in Business

In the ever-evolving tapestry of the business world, the ability to adapt and innovate is not merely a luxury but a necessity. For companies navigating these tumultuous waters, the challenges are multifaceted. Often, the struggles aren't just about keeping pace with market demands or circumventing financial hurdles. A more profound question looms: Are we leaving a lasting, positive legacy, or merely fleeting footprints destined to fade?

Today's global business landscape demands more than just agile strategies and robust financial planning. An increasing number of enterprises are awakening to a pivotal realization: The age-old paradigms of business adaptation are undergoing a seismic shift. Beyond profit margins and product quality, there's a pressing call to introspect on a business's holistic impact. It's not just about the here and now; it's about sculpting a sustainable future for the coming generations.

Delve into this course, and uncover the profound significance of sustainable development in the world of business. We're not just talking about green initiatives or corporate social responsibility in isolation. We're delving deep into the intricate weave of sustainability, examining its multifaceted dimensions and how they intersect with the essence of modern business.

Kickstart your journey with an insightful introduction to the very ethos of sustainability. Discover its multifaceted realms, from ecological footprints to social responsibilities. Unearth the transformative potential of integrating sustainable practices, not as an afterthought, but as a core business strategy. Through this course, we aim to inspire a paradigm shift: from businesses that merely exist to enterprises that thrive, innovate, and rejuvenate our world. Embrace the future of business, where success isn't just measured by financial growth, but by the positive legacy we etch on the sands of time.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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: The Inevitability of Sustainability Politics, Technology and Management; The Several Pillars of Corporate Sustainability; What Is Sustainable Development and Why Does It Matter?; Sustainable Development; The Three Pillars Of Sustainability; The Definition of Sustainable Business Practices; The Politics of Sustainability 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • 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: What Is Climate Change?; What Are Carbon Emissions And Why Do They Matter? ; Sustainable Land Management; Greenwashing; What Are Climate and Climate Change?; What Does Organic Mean?; Biodiversity and Human Well-being; Preventing Overshoot and Collapse: Managing The Earth’s Resources; What Is A Carbon Footprint?; Organic 101: What The USDA Organic Label Means 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • 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: An Oral History of An Inconvenient Truth; World of Change: Antarctic Ozone Hole; Industrial Revolution; Understanding the Controversy and Science of GMOs; Arab Spring; How A Burning River Helped Create The Clean Water Act; KP Introduction; The Gruesome Amoco Cadis Oil Spill Incident; The Limits to Growth; The Story of Silent Spring; The World Meteorological Organization in a Changing World; The First American Settlers Cut Down Millions Of Trees to Deliberately Engi; What is the WTO?; First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery Due to Chemical Ban; Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of ; Environmental Defense Fund EDF ; Global Warming Controversy; Sustainability and the EPA, Chapter 2: History of Sustainability; The 200-Year History Of American Employee Rights; SD Timeline PDF ; Backgrounder on the Three Mile Island Accident 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • 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: Capitalism v Environment: Can Greed Ever Be Green?; What Are The Most Common Misconceptions About Sustainability?; Three Misconceptions About Environmental Sustainability In Higher Ed; The Seven Myths Of Sustainability; Myths About Sustainability; Let’s Be Honest: Real Sustainability May Not Make Business Sense; Common Myths About ‘Sustainability’ 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • 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: The Business Benefits of Sustainability; Business Benefits of Sustainability; Benefits of Becoming a Sustainable Business; What Are The Benefits Of Going Green For A Business?; More Reasons Companies Should Care About Sustainability; Environmental Law Violations; Effects of Sustainability on Stakeholders; Tax Credits, Rebates and Savings; The Business Benefits of Sustainability Partnerships; Five Benefits of Embracing Sustainability and Green Manufacturing 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • 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: Business Risks of Sustainability Marketing; How Can Consumers Find Out If A Corporation Is “Greenwashing” Environmental; The Disadvantages of Going Green For A Corporation; Why You Shouldn’t Have A Sustainability Strategy; Sustainability Challenges In Business; The Troubling Evolution of Corporate Greenwashing; Advantages and Disadvantages of Corporations Going Green; Ten Reasons Why Businesses Aren’t More Sustainable 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • 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: The Drastic Consequences of Unsustainable Development; Environmental Issues That Affect Business; Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable? Part III ; Renewable Resource; Major Criminal Cases; Black Lung: Why Respirators Are Not A Solution; When It Comes to Sustainable Development, The U.S. Is Failing By A Lot ; Clean Energy Is Building A New American Workforce; Sustainability – The Resilient Business Risk 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • 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 – Responsible Consumption and Production; UN – Reduced Inequalities; UN – Clean Water and Sanitation; UN – Gender Equality; UN – Decent Work and Economic Growth; UN – Sustainable Cities and Communities; Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony; UN – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; UN – Affordable and Clean Energy 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • 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: Desertification; Interesting Facts About Water Pollution That You Should Know; The Business Case For Environmental Sustainability; Breathtaking Facts About Deforestation; Climate Change: Signs of the Planet’s Deterioration; Air Pollution; Introduction to the Importance of Environmental Sustainability; Becoming A Role Model For Sustainability; Deforestation: Facts, Causes and Effects; Interesting Facts About Water Pollution; Pollution; Shocking Facts About Air Pollution; Sustainability Role Models: Why Do We Need Them? 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • 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: Non-renewable Energy; Facts About Global Poverty; Economic Bottom Line; Growing A Sustainable Economy; Key Steps to A More Sustainable Economy; Nonrenewable Resource; Sustainability Makes Business Sense; Poverty 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • 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: Human Rights and Sustainability; Violence – UNICEF Data; Social Sustainability; What Is the Difference Between A Human Right and a Civil Right?; Education and Sustainable Development; The Triple Bottom Line; What Is Social Sustainability? A Clarification of Concepts; Leading Companies Demonstrate Social Sustainability Inside and Out; Sexual Exploitation Law and Legal Definition; Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality; Sustainability in the Workplace 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • 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
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • 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: What Is Renewable Energy?; Engaging Employees to Create A Sustainable Business; Key Considerations For A Sustainable Business Strategy; Sustainable Business Practices Examples – Are You Doing Your Part?; Recycling At Work; Starting At The Source: Sustainability In Supply Chains; Examples of Business Sustainability; Sustainable Business Practices; What Makes a Product ENERGY STAR?; Best Practices In Sustainability: Ford, Starbucks and More; How to Start An Office Recycling Program 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • 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: Five Ways For Businesses to Integrate Sustainable Practice Into Their Opera; The Seven Steps to Implementing Change in Business; Simple Ways Companies Can Integrate Sustainable Development Goals; Steps to Implementing Successful Organizational Change; Steps to Implementing Change In The Workplace; How to Implement and Manage Successful Change Programs 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • 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: Short Guide: What Is Greenwashing and How to Avoid It; Organic Labeling; Why Transparency In Marketing Is Key For The Customer Experience; Types Of Sustainability Marketing Tactics Corporate Execs Need to Understan; The Evolving Relationship Between Sustainability and Marketing; Tips to Avoid Greenwashing; What Is Sustainable Marketing?; Organic Labeling Standards 99 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • 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
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (56 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: August 2023
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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