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 program covers several key topics, including:
• The reasons for sustainability's increase in popularity
• The connection between the environment and sustainability
• The business case for embracing sustainable management within an organization
• The role government regulation plays in sustainability efforts
• Some criticisms of corporate sustainability Applying sustainable management principles in the workplace
• Applying the triple bottom line (TBL) concept and its three pillars of "People, Planet, and Profits" in organizations
• Recognizing and implementing best practices for measuring sustainable management efforts
Upon successful completion of all courses in this certificate program, you can download and print a Certificate of Completion. Courses included in this certificate program are listed at the bottom of this page.
This simulation is designed for adult learners with some knowledge of sustainable management practices.
No prerequisites required.
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Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.
Courses Included in this Suite:
Course Cost: $ 79
Duration: 3 hours
PDUs/Contact Hours: 3 | CEUs: .3
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Sustainable management is managing a firm so that it generates profits for its owners, protects the environment, and improves the lives of the people with whom it interacts. The business case for sustainable management is that it can help a company's long-run profitability and success. This course provides an overview of sustainable management, and discusses the role of government and regulation in sustainable management practices.
• 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 (CSR) is the concept of organizations taking responsibility for their impact on society and the environment. Businesses which embrace CSR promote the public interest through what they do (for example, encouraging community growth and development) and what they refrain from doing (for example, eliminating or avoiding practices that harm stakeholders, regardless of whether such practices are legal). CSR is the inclusion of the public interest into corporate decision-making.
• 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
One well-known business saying is that you can't manage what you can't measure. With the growing importance of sustainable management, business leaders must find the appropriate tools and techniques for measuring their organization's sustainability performance. This course reviews the measurement of sustainable management practices and 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
Leaders are increasingly being held responsible and accountable for the manner in which they lead—and if they are adhering to ethical behavior when they make decisions. Organizations have learned that the costs of unethical actions can be high, both legally, and from the perspective of brand image and reputation. At the same time, research is showing that good business ethics translates to good business results. Leading in an ethical manner can provide a clear advantage in building a thriving enterprise.
• 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
In order to pursue the goal of sustainability, corporate and government leaders must manage companies and economies in terms of balancing and optimizing the triple bottom line of social, environmental, and economic impacts. The Triple Bottom Line concept, also known as the "3Ps" ("People, Planet, and Profit"), is both a metaphor for thinking about sustainability as well as the basis for a practical framework for accounting and reporting on organizations' activities and impacts. The TBL concept borrows the well-known and widely accepted idea of financial accounting and its "bottom line" and expands it.
• 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
Online Suite Information
15 | CEUs: 1.5
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