With increasing focus on sustainability factors from marketplace (regulators, investors, financiers, and consumers), corporate sustainability reporting is shifting from voluntary to vital. Advances in enterprise systems are making it feasible for corporations to track, trend, and transform sustainability performance. Materiality of these seemingly non-economic impacts is the critical link between sustainability and business strategy. This course provides insight into how to determine which environmental metrics are material to them and relevant to their business through application of environmental performance analytics. Format will comprise of introduction of basic concepts, discussion of select current publications from corporate and academic thought leaders, and short cases or examples that provide hands-on experience. Students completing this course will develop a better understanding of the materiality of interrelationships between business and sustainability. In particular, they will equip themselves with the ability to apply data collection, analytics, and quantitative justification to promote select sustainability improvements that are consistent with corporate strategy. This will help them to be better prepared to take on greater responsibilities in a consulting or advisory role to the corporate sector.
[(BUS 550 with min. grade of C)]