Corporate Sustainability Management

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Brief Unit Description

Corporate management for sustainable development is emerging as a core knowledge area for business leaders. There is growing recognition of the importance of factors such as the management of climate change, environmental protection, conservation of biodiversity, social responsibility, customer satisfaction, and the sustainable use of scarce resources in determining company success.

This unit introduces students to concepts of sustainable development, environmental impact assessment processes, decision-making by government and business, and the establishment of industry leadership through a commitment to balanced business performance and long-term shareholder value. The sustainable management of resources, whether in the sphere of government, corporate, or community activity, is one of the most critical issues of the future. The unit focuses on the role of managers in the creation of sustainable development for competitive edge.

Unit Objectives / Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and practice to corporate sustainability management
  2. Conceptualise the state of environmental planning in Australia and the international setting
  3. Analyse the relationship between urban form, community attitudes to natural processes, resource management and policy development
  4. Develop and communicate a business case for business sustainability

Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of this Unit, students will have been taught and assessed for the following attributes :

Graduate Attribute A
1 Technical capabilities and skills þ
2 Innovative and entrepreneurial thinking þ
3 Communication and self-management skills þ
4 Research and information literacy þ
5 Problem solving skills þ
6 Ability to interact effectively within a group environment þ
7 Demonstration of ethical and professional standards þ

Unit Content

The topics covered in this Unit include the following:

  • Business ethics fundamentals
  • The Business and Society Relationship with Sustainability
  • History and conceptual foundations of Corporate social responsibility
  • Business Sustainability
  • Corporate governance
  • Foundational issues Stakeholders Approach
  • Strategic management and corporate public affairs
  • Issues and Crisis management
  • Natural environment as stakeholder
  • Business and community stakeholders
  • Business influence on Govt. and public policy
  • Ethical issues in the global Arena
  • Sustainability management
  • Case Studies on Business Sustainability


Readings, texts & other reference material

Each week, students are required to:

  • Read the relevant chapter(s) of the prescribed text before attending the lecture.
  • Complete the tutorial questions before attending the

The solutions will be posted on Moodle at a time determined by the teaching academic.

Prescribed Text

  • Carroll, A. B, Buchholtz, A. K. (2014) Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility: Ethics, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management, 9th Edition, South-Western College Pub, 978-1285734293
  • Carroll, A. B, Buchholtz, A. K. (2013) Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility: Ethics, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management, 1st Edition, Cengage, Australia

Recommended Texts/Readings

  • Brockett,A & Rezaee,Z. (2012) Corporate Sustainability: Integrating Performance and Reporting, Wiley Australia
  • Dovers, S. & Wild River, S. (2003) Managing Australia’s Environment, The Federation Press, Sydney
  • Hargroves, K. & Smith, M.H. (2006) The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business opportunities, innovation and governance in the 21st century, Routledge
  • Sanford,C. (2011)The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability and Success, John Wiley & Sons
  • Tyler-Miller Jnr, G & Spoolman, S (2012), Cengage Advantage Books: Sustaining the Earth, 10th Ed, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne

Reference Journals

  • Business Strategy and the Environment
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
  • European Management Journal
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
  • International Journal of Corporate Strategy and Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Governance: The international journal of business in society
  • International Journal of Sustainable Society
  • International Journal of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Journal of Management and Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) eJournal



  • The Natural Edge Project Natural Capitalism
  • Office of Climate Change/The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change


Students are expected to attempt all assessment tasks and achieve over 50% (overall) to be deemed to have completed the Unit.

Cover sheets for all written assignments are available on Moodle. Students MUST download the correct cover sheet before beginning to work on the relevant assignment as these sheets will form a record of submission for the assignment. Each assignment will have an assessment rubric (marking guide) on Moodle that guides students in preparing their submissions.

Assessment method or type (including duration or word requirement) Weighting (%) Online submission or paper based & date due Learning Outcomes assessed Graduate Attributes assessed
Mid Term Test: This will be conducted during session 4.1 in campus. The maximum duration for the completion of the test will be 1-hour. This Test will cover the topics from sessions 1.1 to 3.1 It will consist of 30 multiple choice questions. 30% Multiple Choice Test done in class on paper in


Week 4.1


b, c 1,3
Group Assignment:

(Group of 2 students). Students must produce a Weekly Reflective Journal approx. 2000 words (equivalent to 1000 words per student).

A Draft journal (includes Wk1.1-2.2 only) is to be submitted in class/Moodle in wk. 3 and

A Complete Weekly Reflective Journal from week 1.1- 5.2 both sessions inclusive, to be submitted in week 5. (Please check the Assessment Description & Rubrics on Moodle.)

10% Draft +

20 % Complete Journal



Draft Submission 10 % in class/Moodle in Wk. 3.1


A complete 5 weeks reflective  Journal

to be Submitted


Friday -Week 5


On Moodle

Any individual submissions requires prior approval from the lecturer

a – d 1,7
End of Term Exam: This assessment consists of a closed book 2-hour exam and may include short answers, case studies and essay type questions.

Important: To pass the unit students need to achieve at least 25% for the final exam and 50 % in Total.

40% Written exam during exam week a – d 1-3,5,7


Students will receive summative feedback in the form of marks and grades for all invigilated examinations and online quizzes. Group or individual formative feedback will be provided following the mid-term test to allow students the opportunity to seek further clarification on grades and to assist their learning. Assignments will be returned to students in week 6 to ensure they are incorporated as part of the learning process and preparation for the end of Term examination.

Assessment moderation

Moderation describes a quality assurance process to ensure that assessments are appropriate to the learning outcomes, and that students’ work is consistently evaluated by assessors. Minimum standards for the moderation of assessment are described in the Assessment Policy.

Topic/Lecture Outline




Session Topic Relevant reading and / or Assessment tasks
1 1.1 The Business and Society Relationship with Sustainability


Chapter 1


1.2 History and conceptual foundations of Corporate social responsibility


Chapter 2


2 2.1 Corporate governance: foundational issues & stakeholders approach Chapter 3

Chapter 4


2.2 Strategic management and corporate public affairs


Chapter 5

Workshop on Reflective writing

3 3.1 Issues and Crisis Management


Chapter 6

Draft of the Assignment

3.2 Business ethics fundamentals


Chapter 7


4 4.1 Natural environment as stakeholder


Chapter 15

Mid Term Test

4.2 Business Sustainability: Business and community stakeholders


Chapter 16


5 5.1 Ethical issues in the global Arena


 Chapter 10


5.2 Business influence on Government. and public policy


Chapter 12

Group Assignment Due on Friday of week 5

6 6.1 Sustainability management: internal stakeholders  and workplace issues


Chapter 17


6.2 Case Studies on business sustainability;


Exam Revision


Late submission, special consideration and penalties

The date of submission is the date that the work is to be handed to the lecturer or submitted through Moodle.

If a student feels they have a case to seek an extension for a late submission of work (medical circumstances, personal circumstances that can be documented), they should complete the Application for Special Consideration form (for assessment with weight of 20% or more) and provide this to their lecturer, together with the necessary evidence prior to the date that the assessment task is due.

If the extension is granted by the lecturer, the extension time granted must be adhered to. If the student does not submit the task by the extension date, the work will be deemed as being late. Generally only one extension application and date will be approved per assessment task.

An assessment item accepted for submission after the assessment due date, and without an approved extension will be penalised. The standard penalty is the reduction of the mark allocated to the assessment item by 10% of the total mark applicable for the assessment item, for each day or part day that the item is late (a ‘day’ for this purpose is defined as any day on which the relevant campus administration is open). Assessment items submitted more than 10 days after the assessment due date are awarded zero marks.

Academic Integrity

CIC is committed to ensuring academic integrity amongst its staff and students.  Academic integrity is based on values of honesty, respect, fairness, trust and responsibility. These values are fundamental to our teaching and learning in the Faculty. Academic misconduct is contrary to the values of academic integrity and is not tolerated at CIC.


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In cases of alleged plagiarism or collusion, Turnitin reports may be used by lecturers as evidence. If you require assistance with Turnitin, please contact your lecturer.

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Assessment Task cover sheet

A Faculty specific Assignment Cover Sheet is to be completed and attached to each submission where directed by the Unit teacher or Coordinator.

Assessment Grades and Percentages











HD Higher Distinction 80% above
D Distinction 70% – 79%
C Credit 60% – 69%
P Pass 50% – 59%
F Fail 0 – 49%

Students with a disability or chronic illness

If you have a disability or chronic illness, which you feel may impact on your studies, please discuss your support needs with your lecturer, course coordinator or the welfare counsellors.

Alterations to this Unit

No change to this Unit outline will be permitted after the end of the first week of the term except in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Director of Higher Education. Students will be notified in advance of any approved changes to this outline in accordance with the Unit Outline policy.

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