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Sustainable Business Practice (30 credits)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Simon Pooley
  • Assessment: a 3500-word essay (50%) and 2500-word report (50%)

Module description

This module provides an overview of the evolution of business management and strategy with regard to climate change. 


  • Definitions, frameworks and business models for sustainability
  • Business and regulation
  • Role of partnerships and NGOs
  • Sustainability in supply chains and value chains
  • Resource use and the circular economy
  • Environmental management and assessment tools
  • Environmental reporting and communication (including data, verification, assurance)
  • Change management for a sustainable business

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will have:

  • critically discussed definitions, frameworks and business models for sustainability with reference for their environmental, social and economic dimensions
  • examined risks and opportunities associated with sustainable business, including those linked to regulations, partnerships supply chains and value chains
  • evaluated approaches to environmental reporting and communication taken by existing organisations
  • described the steps towards implementation of an environmental management system and outlined the associated costs and benefits to the host organisation
  • analysed major tools, techniques, systems and practices used to measure and improve environmental sustainability performance.