Course description

Ethics and Sustainability in Organizations


The main aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to take an active, professional part in countering the social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, poverty, environmental degradation and employment issues generated by the automation of human labor. Private and public organizations, as well as governments and individuals, on different levels are ethically responsible for finding constructive measures to deal with these challenges. To do so, knowledge about the scope and relevance of sustainable development is crucial.

This course highlights the relevance of ethics and sustainability for the decision-making processes in organizations, and provides a theoretical framework for understanding and balancing responsibilities toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030. The course has an applied orientation, introducing cases and dilemmas for discussion in light of the theoretical and practical input.

Course content

Issues covered in the course:

  • Introduction to ethics in organizations
  • Sustainable development and corporate responsibility — in practice
  • Moral psychology
  • Professionalism and conflict of interest
  • Ethical navigation
  • Anti-corruption and bribery
  • Dilemma workshops
  • Sustainability and stakeholder management — industry case
  • Sustainability and climate psychology
  • Ethical investment - Social responsible investment (SRI), ESG, and impact assessment and innovation

Learning outcome knowledge

The candidate …

  • Has thorough knowledge of the basic concepts and theories of applied ethics and sustainability research and their links to core organizational objectives and strategies.
  • Can analyze and evaluate companies’ engagement associated with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) from environmental, social and economic perspectives.
  • Can analyze and evaluate processes that can lead to misbehavior and neglect of sustainability concerns in organizations, as well as constructive ways to establish and maintain responsible leadership and decision-making.
  • Can see sustainability issues from the point of view of different stakeholders, including employees, media and investors.
  • Is aware of climate challenges, and psychological barriers and solutions, of green growth and green growth strategies from a corporate perspective.

Exam organisation

  • Home exam: 100%