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Sustainable Business - Managing Finances, Human Resources and Accountability - Revised

Learn how to ensure the sustainable management of finances, human resources, and accountability with this free course.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
This free online course in sustainable business teaches you about financial management, human resources and accountability. A sustainable business is one that generates profit and simultaneously improves societal and environmental conditions through its product and operation. There are many ways that improving your sustainability can actually help your business. The course will also teach you how to showcase sustainability efforts to the public.





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One of the most important assets that makes businesses sustainable is accountability. This course begins by introducing you to the concept of accountability and explains why it goes hand in hand with a sustainable business. It then continues by discussing sustainability reporting, its importance, and the role of certification within sustainability reporting. You will also learn about life cycle management, carbon footprint analysis, and their importance to a sustainable business.

The course will then look into the recruitment and selection process of sustainable businesses, its training and performance appraisal, and the importance of fair wages and employee benefits. You will also tackle how sustainability impacts various activities associated with finance, and how sustainable businesses can effectively manage their finances. Finally, you will discuss green and socially responsible investment opportunities and be guided through why the insurance industry is interested in sustainability.

Sustainability is defined as the capacity to endure. A sustainable business is therefore one that is in it for the long haul. Setting up this kind of business means that it needs to be resilient and will thrive in the long run. If you are a purpose-driven-professional, businessman, or entrepreneur who would like to succeed financially by learning the benefits of running a sustainable business, then this course is tailored-made for you.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss business and organizational accountability
  • Discuss the value of sustainability reporting
  • Describe life cycle management and the phases of a product life cycle
  • Examine the key considerations in carbon and water footprint analysis
  • Describe a sustainable business’s recruitment and selection process
  • Discuss how sustainability impacts various activities associated with finance
  • Discuss green and socially responsible investment opportunities
  • Explain why the insurance industry is interested in sustainability


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