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Business Sustainability in the Circular Economy

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Programme Duration

3 weeks

Academic Direction
Royal Holloway, University of London
Modes of Study

This MOOC explores sustainability, you will learn how businesses and society can work to preserve our planet and develop new skills in research and analysis.

About this course:

We are surrounded by so much discussion of sustainability that it can sometimes become overwhelming. Important questions examined are:

  • What role can business have in ensuring the sustainability of the planet?
  • How should business work with society to preserve the environment?

These questions will be answered in this course as we explore the meaning of sustainability and its impact on modern organisations as they move to circular ideas to reduce waste, increase recycling and become fit for our modern society.

In the course, you will not only learn about the role of business in sustainability, but also your own personal contribution. In addition to environmental issues, we will also reflect on how employees are pressuring firms to see themselves as a positive part of the wider society.

The specific topics we will cover include:

  • Paris Climate Accord
  • Carbon Footprint
  • The circular economy
  • Reverse logistics
  • Recycling strategies
  • Right to repair
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Bottom of the Pyramid and developing economies
  • Fair trade business models.

By the end of the course, your understanding of sustainability and business's relationship with society will have increased considerably. You will develop new skills in research and analysis and will have many new ideas to take away with you to apply in your own organisation and your own working life.