Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals

Are you a professional interested in sustainable development? This course looks at integrating a sustainable development strategy.

About The Course

As a group we’ll cover the basic definitions and history of sustainable development and sustainability in business from a niche interest to the present day, where businesses routinely incorporate sustainable development via corporate social responsibility policies, product innovation and new business models.

As a student on this course you will be involved in investigating a number of topics which you’ll then be able to apply to the development of your own sustainable development strategy. We’ll explore the key drivers to sustainability, the use of standards, the importance of stakeholder engagement, governance (including the use of codes of conduct), innovation for sustainability, the use of metrics and indicators and the application of management tools.

We’ll also touch on international perspectives towards sustainable development and how these impact on business activities around the world.

This course aims to help you assess each topic in relation to your own business experiences, whatever sector interests you and wherever in the world you’re based. We’ll explore how you can use your personal interests to be influential in making sustainable development happen within your company.

Learners studying Make an Impact will have the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation.

Read more about this course on the FutureLearn blog.

Recommended Background

No previous subject knowledge is required. You will be expected to get involved throughout the course as an active participant, giving you the opportunity to think deeply about the topics covered, relating the teaching to your own experiences, whatever business sector interests you and wherever you are in the world.