Corporate environmental management



This course examines the various perspectives held by corporations toward the environment including a rationale for business involvement with environmental issues. The course offers an analysis of the strategic reasons for corporations to adopt good environmental practices including competitive advantage, corporate reputation, and cost saving, among others, resulting from a part of its broader commitment to risk management. This course allows students with different backgrounds to come to together and gain a common understanding of the interface between organizations and their relationship with their key stakeholders. This will prepare students for their progression to deeper learning in this programme.

The course introduces and explains tools associated with environmental management that enable a firm to improve its compliance, compliance-plus performance, and risk management strategies alongside the expectations for corporate social responsibility such as stakeholder engagement. A number of marketing, assessment, disclosure and reporting concepts will be covered along with problem identification and further exploration. Environmental management systems and environmental auditing will however be covered in other courses under the programme. Some topics that will be covered in this course include: sustainability challenges and opportunities from the corporate and environmental perspectives; the chronology of this evolving relationship; examples of organizational environmental management tools as reactive or proactive responses to changing expectations; introduction to disclosure, risk management, eco-labelling and green marketing.

Assessment: 100% coursework