Business and Sustainable Development

 

Student Profile

This course is designed to widen student's perspectives. The course is an introduction to management for GGL, GEEL, and GAGL students.

Objectives

Understanding the strategic issues, for companies and all organizations today, related to sustainable development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). To learn more about the current forms and methods involved in such commitments; develop an understanding of the underlying driving forces and help students form their own opinion, based on a good level of awareness and critical analysis, regarding the scope and limitations of such commitments.

Content

Sustainable development is defined as the ability to be economically competitive whilst controlling the ecological footprint of activities and respecting and developing human rights. This is the reason why companies are at the core of sustainable development.  Progress in this area has undeniably been partly due to the increasingly strict regulatory and legal frameworks that companies are required to adhere to. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined as an organization’s commitment beyond its legal obligations. Although companies show great diversity in terms of practices, CSR has a long history. It has, over time, taken various forms. Today, environmental issues as well as North/South inequalities and imbalance have given CRS a global dimension and have brought it to the forefront of public interest.

The purpose of this course is to increase awareness and understanding of the reality of CSR and of company commitments in terms of sustainable development and the motivations underlying company commitments. It also addresses the methods and forms taken to implement such commitments, such as the adoption of Quality-Safety-Environment (QSE)-type approaches. The aim here is to offer each student the capacity to form their own opinions based on a good level of awareness regarding the authenticity, scope and limitations of such commitments.

Organisation

Lectures: 9h
Tutorial courses: 6h
Evaluation: Terminal exam
Entitles to 3 ECTS credits