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Introduction to Corporate Sustainability

In this course, the student will gain the skills needed to help an organization adopt sustainable practices, develop long-term plans to minimize environmental impact, identify the appropriate frameworks, and undertake meaningful interaction with internal and external stakeholders.

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Course Info

  • Duration 7 video lessons (45 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. What Is Sustainability? (8 mins)
  • 3. Integrating Environmental Issues Into a Company’s Operation with the UN SDGs (8 mins)
  • 4. Environmental Management Systems and Performance Frameworks for Sustainability Practices (5 mins)
  • 5. Financial Sustainability And Its Impact On The Bottom Line (7 mins)
  • 6. Sustainability Reporting (6 mins)
  • 7. Improving Corporate Environmental,
 Social, And Governance Reporting (6 mins)

What You Will Learn

  • Introduce key concepts, innovative ideas, best practices, and critical thinking of sustainability efforts in an enterprise. 
  • Gain knowledge of sustainability criteria and benchmarking measures to critically evaluate the health of the natural and manmade world.
  • Develop performance frameworks for sustainability practices for use in a variety of organizations.
  • Approach financial planning through the lens of sustainability and with a deeper knowledge of financial analysis, financing, valuation, risk assessment, and sustainable investments.
  • Effectively navigate and lead through significant organizational change.
  • Turning environmental concerns into a competitive business advantage. 

Course Description

This course takes a business-oriented perspective to explore the tradeoffs and synergies between the ecological and financial performance of businesses. More specifically, the course examines how business interactions with the environment should be incorporated into the management of operations and in conjunction with short- and long-term objectives. The course studies how accounting for environmental footprints can foster both incremental and radical improvements and innovations—ranging from reducing costs, promoting entrepreneurial opportunities, and achieving drastic changes in strategies, business models, and industry partnerships.

Learn these skills

  • Economics
  • Environmental Planning
  • Financing
  • Sustainability


This course is approved for 0.75 AICP CM Credit.

Meet Your Instructor

Carlos Zapata

Carlos Zapata

Carlos Zapata is a Sustainability and ESG professional who is a graduate of Yale's MBA in Sustainability.

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