EN42 Corporate Sustainability

Module Name
Corporate Sustainability
Module Code
Teun Wolters, Peter Odgers
Bachelor Degree or equivalent managerial working experience
Sustainability is relevant to every company. Big societal challenges and risks, such as climate change, environmental pollution, poverty, loss of biodiversity, animal welfare, scarcity of resources, human rights and the distribution of wealth, increasingly affect every company. Companies show different degrees of proactivity when it comes to sustainability. This module first of all shows what is required when a company decides to take corporate sustainability seriously. Part of this is the key roles of managers and controllers in sustainable value creation. Secondly, the module shows how companies have successfully integrated sustainability and social responsibility in their corporate strategies. It demonstrates how and when firms can develop successful corporate sustainability strategies that establish strong commitments to shareholders, employees and other stakeholders. The module gives special attention to issues of accountability and sustainability accounting. Moreover, it discusses different ways in which sustainability can be researched.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the concepts of sustainable value creation and the green economy
  • Recognise and distinguish between the concepts of corporate sustainability, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility (and how they differ and overlap)
  • Describe and compare the key roles of managers and controllers in sustainable value creation
  • Make use of the triple-bottom line (People, Planet, Profit) concept and relate it to sustainable development
  • Define and recognise the possibilities for sustainable business at sector and supply chain level
  • Apply the basics of environmental management and environmental accounting
  • Appreciate and communicate the human factor in the sustainable company
  • Have Insight into how sustainable enterprise can be achieved by means of successful interventions
  • Perform quests for the business cases for sustainability (contributing to a company’s financial performance and continuity)
  • Analyse and structure (in phases) a transition to a sustainable enterprise
  • Be able to increase the importance of stakeholders in the transition to a sustainable enterprise
  • Be aware of and assess the needs and possibilities of sustainability reporting
  • Sustainable value creation and management responsibilities
  • The concept of sustainable development and how it relates to concepts such as corporate sustainability, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, the triple-bottom line (PPP), sustainable business (at company, sector and supply chain management level) and sustainable enterprise
  • Environmental management and environmental accounting
  • The human factor in the sustainable enterprise (sustainability in terms of work organization and HRM)
  • The concept of green economy and how it is used in international policies
  • Defining the sustainable enterprise and indicating its significance
  • Four types of business case for sustainability and the role of earnings and business models
  • Collaborative sustainable enterprise: the increasing importance of stakeholders
  • The sustainable development model and its various phases (from inactive to active; from reactive to proactive)
  • The Global Reporting Initiative (and relating it to other conceptual sustainability and social responsibility frameworks)
  • Researching Sustainability
Instruction / Study Load
  • 36 Lesson hours
  • 104 Hours of preparation, research, assignments, literature etc. *

Total 140 Hours
* Note: Research preparation and academic paper writing of 3000 words may take between 15 - 20

IBA Final Qualification Mapping
Mapped with numbers: 3, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 25 and 26 See the EEG for further reference.
Teaching Language
Teaching Methods
  • Classroom lecturing
  • Case study discussions
  • Feedback and presentation sessions
  • Discussion sessions
  • Research Papers
  • Reflect on articles in professional journals to become familiar with the current research
  • Classroom Opinion Polls
  • Recall, Summarize, Question, Connect, and Comment on course content
Module / Lecture and seminar status
Testing and assessment
Note: This is a Semester 2 Module 2 Assignments: Assignment 1 – Individual Paper Assignment 2 – Work Group Report See the section “Assessment” (below) for details and the EEG for further reference.
European Credits
Required literature
  • T. Wolters (2013). Sustainable Value Creation – As a Challenge to Managers and Controllers, Apeldoorn (NL): Wittenborg University Press.
  • W. E. Stead and J.G. G. Stead (2004). Sustainable Strategic Management. Armonk (US)/London (UK): M.E. Sharpe.
  • R. van Tulder, R. van Tilburg, M. Francken and A. Da Rosa (2014). Managing the Transition to a Sustainable Enterprise – Lessons from Frontrunner Companies, Abington: Routledge (Earthscan)