Shareholders and investors are looking for evidence that organizations are working to conserve and preserve resources while managing for profitability. The University of Colorado Denver Business School is one of the few in the country that provides a high-quality, globally accredited education on sustainable management in all aspects of business.
The Business School is pleased to announce a new Managing for Sustainability Certificate geared to working professionals. The certificate is designed for business professionals seeking a deeper understanding of sustainability and/or the technical knowledge to lead sustainability initiatives in their companies.
Just four classes, available online and on campus
To earn a Managing for Sustainability Certificate, students complete four semester-long graduate Business School courses. Two foundation courses—Managing for Sustainability and The Sustainable Business Opportunity—provide a baseline understanding of sustainability, highlighting how businesses assess and address their environment impact. Based on their interest, students select their remaining two certificate classes covering such specialized areas as finance, marketing, accounting, and social entrepreneurship. Some students may wish to finish their certificate by completing a significant sustainability-related project where they work. A full listing of courses offered as part of the certificate follows.
- Managing for Sustainability (MGMT 6821): Considers how organizations can work with various stakeholders to develop and promote mutually beneficial products and solutions to key social needs and concerns. Recommended.
- The Sustainable Business Opportunity (MGMT 6823): This course examines the negative impact of a rapidly growing global economy on the natural and human environment and explores how this presents a huge opportunity for business and how sustainability-based strategies drive innovation, competitive advantage and improved financial performance. Recommended.
- Business and the Natural Environment (BUSN 6830): Looks at the impact of economic activity on the natural environment as well as the regulatory, market and corporate voluntary responses to reducing this impact. Offered infrequently.
- Accounting and Finance for Sustainability (ACCT 6285): Introduces techniques that aid companies in becoming more eco-efficient, along with reporting techniques to help investors value a company along social and environmental dimensions.
- Supply Chain Management (BUSN 6826/DSCI 6826): Introduces the application of purchasing, operations and logistics with an emphasis on the integration and management of processes and systems; the relationship of upstream and downstream players; and strategies that incorporate current and future trends.
- Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (MGMT 6822): Covers business ethics and corporate social responsibility in the global contexts of employment, marketing, product liability, the environment and other areas.
- Marketing and Global Sustainability (MKTG 6830): Explores how companies present and capitalize on their sustainable business initiatives with clients, customers and other critical stakeholders without eliciting a backlash for “greenwashing.”
- Global Climate Change (INTB/BUSN 6870): Global climate change may be one of the most important challenges facing business in the 21st century. The course explores how companies and countries view and address climate change.
- Practicum in Sustainable Management Research (ENTP 6808): Best taken after completing two or more Managing for Sustainability electives, this course allows students to pursue independent research in sustainability areas of greatest personal, professional, or organizational interest or concern.
- Exploring Social Entrepreneurship (ENTP 6642): Study the people and organizations addressing pressing social and environmental issues facing society today. Understand and develop innovative models providing solutions to these issues. Apply theory to real situations via site visits, case studies and guest speakers.
- Social Entrepreneurship in the Developing World (ENTP 6644): Solving Developing World's challenges using creative and entrepreneurial approaches. New generation of leaders are not just interested in the bottom line, but they are looking at the triple bottom line: People, Profit and the Planet. They are changing the world.
- Sustainable Business/Corporate Social Responsibility Field Study (MGMT 6824): Gain practical, hands-on experience with aspects of sustainable business and/or corporate social responsibility. Work with a local company/non-profit/or government organization under the direction of an executive to conduct a sustainability-focused project which is important to the organization's sustainability initiative.
There's never been a better time to make both your career and your world more sustainable.
The Business School is now accepting applications for the fall semester. Admission is open to professionals with at least three years of work experience and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Classes take place on campus once a week from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. or online during the 17-week semester. Work inside and outside the classroom typically requires 10 hours per week, per class.
There is no obligation to complete the entire certificate. Students may wish to sample one or two classes before they decide. Those on an accelerated schedule may choose to complete the certificate program in a year. Whatever the approach, participants have the benefit of interacting with the Business School's world-renowned management faculty and seriously motivated graduate students enrolled in the school's MBA and MS programs. The Business School's AACSB-accredited graduate program, the largest in the region, is in the top 5 percent of business schools in the world and is ranked in the "Global 100" by the Aspen Institute.
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