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Course Introduction

  1. 1. Business, Society & Environment A Course Introduction Business, Society & Environment Professor Hector R Rodriguez School of Business Mount Ida College
  2. 2. <ul><li>Global Warming </li></ul><ul><li>Trailer for “An Inconvenient Truth” (2:30 Video) </li></ul>What’s Going on in the World? Global Warming Part II Bjorn Lomborg “The Skeptic Environmentalist” (5:19 Video) Society & Business Michael Hastings on Businesses’ Role (4:32 Video)
  3. 3. What is this course is about? Business, Society & Environment Business Society Environment Bearable Equitable Viable Sustainable Concept of Sustainable Development
  4. 4. What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 1
  5. 5. <ul><li>Is it possible for the rate of human use of renewable resources to exceed the rate at which such resources are renewed or replenished? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it possible for the rate of human use of non-renewable resources to exceed the rate at which renewable replacements for such resources are developed? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it possible for the rate of waste emissions by humans to exceed the rate at which the environment can assimilate such wastes? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it possible for the rate of human, social, constructed and economic needs to exceed the rate at which they are being created? </li></ul>Are we Sustainable Today?
  6. 6. <ul><li>To the extent that the answer to the questions on the previous slide can be yes, we can say that when such rates are in conflict (i.e., the first rate exceeds the second rate), the behaviors associated with them are unsustainable. </li></ul>Are we Sustainable Today? Sustainability must therefore address the impacts of human activity on the quality and sufficiency of capital resources in the world.
  7. 7. Sustainability Sustainability is the subject of a social or management science that studies the impacts of human activity on the quality and sufficiency of vital resources in the world, as required to ensure human well-being . What is Sustainability? Sustainable Development Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
  8. 8. Available Flows of Beneficial Goods and Services Appropriations by Individuals and Collectives Resulting Levels of Individual and Collective Well-Being Vital Resources and Well-Being Natural Resources Anthro Resources Human Resources Social Resources Constructed Resources Economic Resources
  9. 9. Business Activities What is Sustainability Management? Sustainability Management refers to those structures and systems managers can put in place to influence the impacts of business activities on vital Resources . Natural Resources Anthro Resources Human Resources Social Resources Constructed Resources Economic Resources
  10. 10. <ul><li>Study the impacts of business activity on the quality and sufficiency of vital resources in the world as required to ensure human well-being and describe the structures and systems managers can put in place to influence these impacts. </li></ul>Course Objective
  11. 11. <ul><li>Society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Corporation and Its Stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Citizenship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Social Responsibility of Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Shareholder Primacy Norm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSR, Citizenship and Sustainability Reporting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible Investing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Community and the Corporation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taxation and Corporate Citizenship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Philanthropy Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees and the Corporation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing a Diverse Workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Balanced Look at Climate Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-anthropogenic Causes of Climate Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sulfates, Urban Warming and Permafrost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conventional Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Kyoto Protocol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Information Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation, Electric Vehicles and the Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geo-Engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carbon Capture and Storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solid, Toxic and Hazardous Waste </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forests, Paper and Carbon Sinks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life Cycle Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Chemistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Use and Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water Pollution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management Systems </li></ul></ul>Course Map – Topics Covered in Course
  12. 12. <ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Citizenship (CC) </li></ul><ul><li>These terms mean different things to different people, sometimes they mean the same thing. </li></ul><ul><li>For purposes of this course Sustainability encompasses business, society and the environment, while CSR / CC the more narrow societal aspects, without addressing environmental concerns. </li></ul>A Word on Terminology
  13. 13. Introductions Introductions
  14. 14. <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Major </li></ul><ul><li>Expected graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Job you would like to have after graduating </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you taking this course? </li></ul>Who Are You?
  15. 15. Course Set Up? Let’s Review the Syllabus…
  16. 16. <ul><li>Group Term Project – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We will form teams (3-4 students each) which will research and present on one of the four cases included in the book. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kimpton Hotels EarthCare Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>J&J and the Human Life International Shareholder Proposal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nike’s Dispute with the University of Oregon </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The transformation of Shell </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The presentation (in power point format) should be designed for a duration of approximately 20 minutes and 5-10 minutes for questions and answers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group will also turn in a 2-3 page paper summarizing the main conclusions of the work. </li></ul></ul>Assessment of Student Learning Objectives
  17. 17. <ul><li>Individual Term Paper </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each student will develop and write a 5-page personal position paper defining a sustainability initiative while outlining benefits and costs . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In general, a paper may be grouped into four main sections, introduction, specific topics, the main body of the paper with 2-4 major points, and a summary and comments on the major points of your paper. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential topics include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foundations, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geo-engineering, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Green building, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GRI Reporting, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ISO 26000, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Packaging, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paper, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Philanthropy, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recycling, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable energy, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social responsible investing, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supply chain, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Taxes, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul></ul>Assessment of Student Learning Objectives
  18. 18. <ul><li>Mid-Term and Final – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple choices, exercises, and question and answer format; questions will address the “outcomes” as outlined in syllabus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final examination will only cover material from the second half of the course. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students may bring a single 5” x 8” card with written notes on both sides of it. </li></ul></ul>Assessment of Student Learning Objectives
  19. 19. <ul><li>The various graded activities have the point totals shown in the matrix below. </li></ul>Grade Points
  20. 20. Course Materials

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