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SCI-2020 Introduction to Sustainability

Week 5 Resources

Review the resources listed below to prepare for this week’s assignments. The resources may include textbook reading assignments, journal articles, websites, links to tools or software, videos, handouts, rubrics, etc.

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation

In this chapter of your textbook, you will learn how businesses incorporate Sustainability into their strategies. You will also learn the ways in which businesses map out costs and benefits (or Total Cost Assessment) by assigning different levels of uncertainty. The term “greenwashing” is also defined.

Chapter 7 “Modern Environmental Management”

Read from page 267 to page 302 

Theis, T. & Tomkin, J. (Eds.). (2018). Sustainability: A comprehensive foundation. OpenStax CNX.

Sustainable Business

In this web exploration, you will search Reuters for at least two articles on “sustainable business” under each of the following areas: Breaking Views, Environmental Impact, Technology & Trust, and More Sustainability Coverage

The Investment Logic for Sustainability

In watching this TED Talk, you will learn the essential role of large institutional investors when it comes to promoting Sustainability. You learn that many CEOs are starting to see Sustainability as crucial to business success, but action needs to be taken. Do you agree with his assertion that these investors hold the key?

Profit’s Not Always the Point

In this video, COO of Unilever, Harish Manwani, demonstrates his passion for organizations looking beyond the bottom line. He adds a fourth element to the “3Gs” of business growth: responsibility. Watch his talk and evaluate his claim that this responsibility is essential to creating both economic and social value for businesses today.

Let’s Go All in on Sustainability

In watching this TED Talk, you will learn IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard insights from his life work of advocating for “sustainability.” He reports most people to care about issues like climate change, but they need ways to make contributions in an easy, affordable way. His appeal is to make products that meet these customer needs, that also are more sustainable

IKEA Sustainability Strategy

In this report, you will look at IKEA’s Sustainability Strategy for 2020. You will note IKEA’s plan to provide a more sustainable life at home, strive for resource and energy independence, and build a better life for people and communities.