MGMT E-5625 Sustainability and International Business: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies


  • Professor: Maurie Kelly
  • Term: Fall
  • Days: Th
  • Time: 5:30-7:30PM
  • School: Harvard Extension School
  • Course ID: 14484
  • Subject Area: Environmental Science and Public Policy

Sustainability in international business is more than simply adopting sustainable practices—it has the potential to help companies gain competitive advantage. This course is designed to be highly interactive. We use articles, cases, group simulations, and videos to support learning and engage students. Students also have a chance to interact with each other through decision making exercises, simulations, and group discussions. The course explores the global business environment in the context of sustainability. It focuses on the meaning of sustainable development in relation to for-profit global corporations, the effect of sustainability on global corporate development strategies, and how corporations interact with nations across the globe positively and negatively. We examine the sustainability issues faced by different regions of the world such as Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Topics covered include corporate social responsibility, sustainability and strategic leadership, chemical and environmental pollution impacts, fast fashion and the apparel industry, labor rights and child labor, climate change impacts and opportunities, supply chains, renewable energy, food systems, and the role of consumers in sustainability. Companies examined include Walmart, Interface, UPS, Exxon, Patagonia, Ikea, Google, Unilever, Heineken, Nestlé, H&M, Adidas, and DuPont. Countries discussed include Brazil, Costa Rica, Nigeria, South Africa, Haiti, China, Singapore, Germany, Sweden, and the US.