SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K421195
Module Leader Craig Thomson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the principles of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility and introduce the main themes and issues such as: Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethical and Fair Trading, Greening the Supply Chain, Environmental Economics and Accounting, Environmental Management Systems. The module will be underpinned by consideration of the changing role of organisations and their role in the delivery of the wider Climate Change and Sustainable Development agenda's. Corporate image in today's global economy and society is essential to its success, and students will appraise key approaches such as the role of Corporate Strategy, Change Management and Leadership for in delivering Sustainability and fostering a positive Responsible image.


-360b7 Introduction to Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (outlining a framework of Environmental, Economic and Social Responsibility) -360b7 Policy Landscape and the role of Legalisation b7 CSR- Corporate Social Responsibility (historical roots and its evolution) b7 Business Ethics b7 Environmental Responsibility and Greening the organisation (strategy, leadership, dangers of green wash) b7 Sustainability and Supply Chain Management b7 Sustainable and Green Procurement b7 Ethical and Fair Trading b7 Carbon Accounting b7 Environmental Management Systems b7 Environmental Economics and Accounting b7 Leadership and Champions for Sustainability b7 Change management strategies for Sustainability b7 Stakeholder and Community Engagement b7 Case studies demonstrating best practice

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:Critically evaluate the key principles Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (A2, B6)Understand the need for organisations to evolve and to deliver on the Sustainability and Climate Change agenda's (A3,A4,A5)Display a knowledge and understanding of advanced methodologies relating to the delivery of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (for example Corporate Strategy, Change Management, Leadership for Sustainability, Environmental Accounting, Environmental Management Systems) (A6)Critically appraise the alignment of organisations strategy, processes and culture to best practice on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (A7,B6)Discuss and apply key management methodologies (specific disciplines) related to Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (A6,A7)Analyse and discuss best practices of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (A7, B1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be web-based in its delivery with all students accessing GCU Learn VLE for all module information, assessment information, teaching and learning materials. The module will be supported by 12 lectures of 2 hours over 12 weeks aimed at introducing students to the high level principles of Corporate Sustainability and to consider its application in detail within the different facets of Corporate Strategy. Debate will be promoted amongst students during these classes with assessment being delivered through four individual 72 hour time-constrained tests reflecting themes explored across the 12 weeks. The students will participate in their vertical project with time allocated through this module to do this and will be assessed on their ability to manage this. The final time-constrained test will ask students to consider the context of their vertical project and the role of Corporate Strategy, Stakeholder and Community Engagement, Leadership and attempts to manage change.

Indicative Reading

Aras G, Crowther D (2010) A Handbook of Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility, Gower Company, Farnham, ISBN 9780566088179, 9780754692171. Bebbington J, and MacGregor B (2003) Modelling and Accounting for Sustainable Development, RICS Foundation, London. Brown CS (2005) The Sustainable Enterprise: Profiting from Best Practice, Kogan Page Publishers, London, ISBN 0749442204, 9780749442200 Davis A (2006) Best Practice in Corporate Governance- building reputation and sustainable success, Gower Publishing Limited, Aldershot. Dunphry D, Griffiths A, Benn S (2003) Organisational Change for Corporate Sustainability, Routledge, London, ISBN 0415287405, 0415287413 Freedman M, Jaggi B (2010) Sustainability, Environmental Performance and Disclosures, Advances in Environmental Accounting Management Volume 4, Emerald Books, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, ISBN 9781849507646, 14793598. Hawkins DE (2006) Corporate Social Responsibility- balancing tomorrow's sustainability and today's profitability, Palgrave MacMillian, Basingstoke, ISBN 978023200022703, 023000220x Salzmann O (2008) Corporate Sustainability Management in the Energy Sector, An empirical Contingency Approach, Gabler, GWV Fachverlage Gmbh, Wiesbaden, ISBN 9783834908544. Schaltegger S, Bennett M, Burritt R (2006) Sustainability Accounting and Reporting, Springer, Netherlands, ISBN 1402049730, 1402040792. Schaltegger S and Burrett R (2000) Contemporay environmental accounting- issues, concepts and practice, Greenleaf Publishing Limited, Sheffield, ISBN 1874719349, 1874719357. Unerman J, Bebbington J, and O'Dwyer B. (2007) Sustainability Accounting and Accountability, Routledge, London. Willard B (2009) The Sustainability Champions Guidebook- how to transform your company, New Society Publishers, British Columbia, ISBN 9780865716582 Zink K (2008) Corporate Sustainability as a Challenge for Comprehensive Management, Physica-Verlay, A Springer Company, Heidelberg, ISBN 978379082045, 9783790820461.

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Collect, analyse and manage data and information from a wide variety of sources (D10) -360b7 Critical thinking, creative and innovative problem solving and logical reasoning (D1,D2) b7 Competency in common ICT software packages (D13) b7 Manage time and other resources (D4,D6) b7 Communicate effectively in a variety of formats (D9,D14) b7 Work independently and in groups (D7,D12)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 104.00
Assessment (PT) 60.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Independent Learning (PT) 104.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Managing the vertical project
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% 72 hour time constrained test