Take a deep dive into doing international business sustainably.
In this course students will study in a multidisciplinary environment in which they will learn to frame (international) business problems within the 17 sustainable development goals of the UN. The sustainable development goals are interconnected—often the key to success to one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. The work of Jeffrey Sachs provides the theoretical framework. Students therefore start the course with a deep dive in the sustainable development goals, because they form the foundation on which the other elements of the course stand.
Sustainable development is a much broader concept than protection of the Earth. It implies a concern for future generations and for the long-term health and integrity of the dimensions of our living environment. It embraces concern for the quality of life (not just revenue growth), for equity between people in the present (including making sure products and services are accessible to all), for inter-generation equity (people in the future deserve an environment which is at least as good as the one we currently enjoy, if not better) and for the social and ethical dimensions of human welfare. It also implies that further development should only take place as long as it is within the carrying capacity of natural systems, because this environment is where (international) business takes place.