SLM 8001 Sustainability Basics

SLM 8001 Sustainability Basics

Course code: 
SLM 8001
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Bærekraft basics
Product category: 
Executive - Short Learning Modules
2023 Spring
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One semester

The world is facing major sustainability challenges. Companies have a major role in contributing to sustainable development. This is associated to new challenges and opportunities. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a framework for what the wordl shoud achieve by 2030. But, in practice, what do these goals mean your companies and other stakeholders? This is the focus of this course. Key concepts and frameworks for sustainability, and the practical model for introducing sustainability in daily operations, will be addressed.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The candidate ...

  • has basic knowledge of concepts and definitions in sustainability
  • knows the The UN Sustainable Development Goal and what they entail
  • has knowledge about the role of business associated with sustainability
Learning outcomes - Skills

The candidate ...

  • can introduce sustainability in a company, based on anchoring in management, mapping, testing, launching, implementing and reporting on sustainability
  • can reflect on their own professional practice and adjust this under supervision
  • can master relevant professional tools, techniques and forms of expression within sustainability
General Competence

The candidate ....

  • has knowledge of key elements within business and sustainability
  • can plan and implement sustainability in business
  • can relate to different roles within sustainability in business
Course content


The candidate shall have acquired insight and skills within

  • What sustainability means for companies
  • Introduction to the UN's sustainability goals and how to apply these in the company
  • Model for introducing sustainability in the company Opportunities and challenges in sustainability
  • Some key regulations related to sustainability
Teaching and learning activities

The course will be taught through lectures, guest lecturers, podcasts and group work.

In all BI Executive courses and programs, there is a mutual requirement for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.


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Additional information

The course is part of the SLM course series, Sustainability in Daily Operation, which consists of the SLM courses SLM 8001 Sustainability Basics, SLM 8002 Sustainability and Shared Value Creation, and SLM 8003 Circular Economy and New Opportunities. The courses are based on the course BIK 3134 Sustainability In daily operation, 7.5 ECTS. If you have completed three courses from the same SLM course series, and meet the admission requirements for taking the exam at BI, you can take an exam within that course series, which gives a total of 7.5 credits.

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