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Sustainability has become a defining feature of the global business environment, with increasing pressures for organizations to engage with the sustainability agenda. Stakeholder expectations and scrutiny have led to increases in sustainability reporting, transparency and benchmarking. However, there have also been challenges targeted towards organizations of window dressing, the “cherry picking” of low hanging fruit and superficial engagement. This results in sustainability featuring as a “bolt on” to key business activities and significant sustainability impacts and risks not being addressed or integrated. The question arises how can organizations assess and prioritize the key sustainability issues to manage sustainability risks emerging along the value chain and to develop value chain activities that reinforce, protect and develop value along the value chain both for the organization and for the societies within which it operates. This course enables both the assessment of an organization’s current activities within the value chain and the development of new ways of creating value.
The aim of this course is to enable participants to gain an understanding of how sustainability issues can arise from value chain activities but also how sustainability issues can impact upon the ability of an organization to create value and competitive advantage.
This involves developing knowledge and skills that enable participants to:
a) assess key sustainability issues arising within the value chain of an organization
b) prioritize sustainability issues for the organization based upon both value creation and sustainability impact
c) develop an understanding of the interconnectedness between both sustainability issues and stages within the value chain
d) make recommendations to both protect and build value creation within the value chain based upon sustainability.
The course will also develop skills that will assist participants in assessing the sustainability impacts of the organization on society and the environment and will draw upon sustainability megatrends and scenario planning to understand the longer-term implications of the organization’s sustainability impacts.
Adopting a case study approach, participants will apply a range of different methods, theories and tools to understand how sustainability can create both risks and opportunities for organizations within the value chain, both in the short and long term. The participants will develop a consultancy briefing for the top management team of their case company, identifying the key sustainability issues that the organization should engage with and the rationale behind the recommendation.
Value chain analysis
Externalities and Sustainability Impact
Future proofing and megatrends
Minimum attendance is 80% of course hours, the first and the last session is mandatory. Attendance is a firm requirement of this course as many of the learning experiences take place during class and through interactions with peers. The attendance requirement is met if students are present for at least 80% of the scheduled sessions. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirement will be de-registered from the course. Missing sessions will affect peer evaluation and may also affect other graded components realized during class. In the exceptional case that you cannot attend a session due important reasons ( e.g., sick leave, quarantine), you should provide proof of this.
Adopting a case study approach, participants will apply a range of different methods, theories and tools to understand how sustainability can create both risks and opportunities for organizations within the value chain, both in the short and long term. The participants will develop a consultancy briefing for Procter & Gamble, who will a real case challenge. This should identify the key sustainability issues that the organization should engage with and the rationale behind the recommendation. This will take the form of a group presentation, a group report and an individual reflection on the recommendations made. Throughout the course, groups will be working on the coursework as part of the group activities in class. This will enable formative feedback to be provided within class sessions.
The course grade is based on the following components:
» Group presentation - 30%
» Group report - 30%
» Individual reflection - 30%
» Group peer assessment – 10%
Students will be assessed on:
1. Knowledge on the relevant theories.
2. The ability to apply relevant theories.
3. The ability to understand the strategic issues in the cases they present, to use the appropriate analytical techniques, and to marshal the relevant data.
4. The quality of the presentations, the written report, and the discussion; quality in this context means the clarity and persuasiveness of each bit of work. This implies an ability to work both in teams and individually.