During the fall 2014 semester, VSB offered a course titled, “Global Sustainability Management” for the first time. In this course, students explore sustainability from a practical vantage, identifying key issues and actors involved in sustainability challenges, and the potential responses and solutions of business and other organizations to those challenges. The course was developed and taught by Center Faculty Director Jonathan Doh.
In the first part of the course, students focus on environmental protection and conservation issues, including air, land and water. They also identify and assess the actors involved in sustainability issues, including the roles of national governments, international organizations, multinational companies, civil society, and nongovernmental organizations in responding to the sustainability challenge. The course addresses how tensions among these stakeholders over the implications of managing sustainability have manifested in specific debates and exchanges, but also how these sectors are collaborating to explore innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. As the course proceeds, various frameworks are introduced to understand sustainability issues and how corporations have responded to these tensions, especially to pressures to more fully consider the social and environmental consequences of their actions. The course concludes with an extensive exploration of companies that have responded by taking affirmative stands on social and environmental issues and incorporating social and environmental goals and objectives within their corporate missions, codes of conduct, and global strategies.
Several high level speakers served as guest lecturers including:
- Graham Sinclair, Sustainable Investment Strategist, SinCo (socially responsible investing, ESG financial consulting)
- Kristen Marzocca, Senior Consultant, Context America (CSR/sustainability marketing/communications)
- Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company (sustainable operations, supply chain, and strategy)
- HG Chissell, Senior Vice President, Viridity Energy (sustainable energy, smart grid, etc)
- Dave Stangis, Vice President of CSR and Sustainability, Campbell Soup (sustainability and CSR issues in food and agriculture)