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About the Course

It is no longer acceptable for organisations to focus entirely on financial success if they are to be competitive on the global stage. As corporate scandals continue to make headlines, you will expand your strategic thinking beyond your organisation’s competitive financial environment to consider its broader impact on society. You will grapple with the conflicting outcomes of maximising financial return and societal impact as you develop the skills to create a balance that is sustainable. Through structured learning activities (video lectures, quizzes, discussion prompts and written assessments) you will gain an appreciation of how important sustainability will be for every organisation in the future – and how to achieve it....

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Jan 6, 2022

A great course on understanding the concepts of sustainability and sustainable practices followed in various organizations. Case studies were more supportive and lectures are brief and succinct.


May 17, 2020

Really loved the course. The course is well structured and gives a good insight into a wide range of topics.

Hoping to carry forward the learning and apply it in upcoming corporate jobs :)

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By Volha B

Sep 13, 2019

This is the most interesting course I have ever taken on Coursera! The videos and the information provided were super informative and addressed the issue of sustainability from different angles. I simply love it! I'm very greatful for your work and I'm happy to take the course!

By Tasnia M

Aug 21, 2019

The course is really useful for whoever wanted to learn about sustainability, CSR and ethics. The related videos, articles, and guidelines have a powerful insight. One can utilize these materials for learning and implementation purpose. Got a valuable knowledge about what is exactly sustainability is, how it's circulating in the business and how to implement it. Such a great course I must say.

By Agnes C

Aug 31, 2020

This was my first course on Sustainability after reading the UN principles. This training is really well made, it covers many subjects and gives lots of links on readings and videos.

Thanks to this course I am now aware of so much more and will be able to improve our CR strategy within our company.


Apr 20, 2020

Indeed this course was a great eye opener for me, I shall strive to be follow these principles in my work and be sustainable in all fronts in work. Thank you

By Letícia M B

Aug 21, 2020

Interesting and really helpful scenario of environmental and social concerns and how to address these issues in both organization and individual levels.

By V V D S T

Feb 24, 2021

Overall it was good experience and went the session through our from this session I learnerd very new things hope I will use this knowledge in future

By Laura H

Jun 5, 2020

This course provided some excellent frameworks and principles which can be incorporated into all sorts of business models. Very valuable indeed.

By Caroline H

May 23, 2022

This is a great fundamental course in sustainability and CSR. It's enjoyable as well as educational, and the topics are very relevant today. But there are flaws with the course:

- Material is from 2018 and needs updating given how many scandals have happened since then (Rio Tinto Juukan gorge, financial services royal commission) and how much more urgent our climate crisis has become.

- No one answers questions or problems (glitches) posed in the discussion forum or comments.

- One or two key documents are hidden behind Macquarie Uni firewalls, and if you aren't a student of Macquarie, you can't access them.

By Chander m s

May 24, 2021

1. Some interesting concepts on Sustainability and business actions

2. Focus on why CSR is not enough, Focus on partnerships among business, NGOs and Govt

3. Emerging strategies in sustainability such as Social responsible Investing, Social entrepreneurship and Cross sector partnership.

By Renate C

Jun 10, 2021

Very dry presentations, didn't hold my attention at all.

By Bruno M

May 18, 2023

there is no course material. it is sometime difficult to understand the teacher. contents seems very political

By Sarah R I U

Jun 28, 2020

Highly recommend this course!! This course is certainly a very interesting course! It all started with me trying to better understand Corporate social responsibility... then I ended up taking this course that enlightened me to whole new perspective of sustainability and corporate sustainability. After completing this course I am positive that I will follow these steps into a better and more sustainable world. on another notice the videos are well put and very clear. The instructor has clear and understandable English with an extraordinary way of presenting information. This course has successfully created a way into attracting the learner and be in love with this course.

By Kajal R

Jul 29, 2020

It is a really very well-prepared and useful course to understand the importance of sustainability and ethics in organizational structures as well as in real life. The instructor gives an explanation of each and every topic covered in the course very effectively with good examples. The topics are also very well-chosen for the course. It gives an understanding that being good and ethical is also very much essential in this world of intense competition. I particularly liked the course because I also believe to live ethically and as a business student, operate organizational functions ethically.

By Saleh M A

Sep 15, 2020

I have learnt some interactive knowledge sharing insights on GS and CSR and in addition, learnt two interesting schools of thought about Whistleblowing and Psychopathy. Whistleblowing may be quite popular in the developed world, but, not in the developing and the LDC countries. Corporate Psychopath is quite common everywhere, "I AM THIS, I AM THAT... Bla bla bla...." . The strategies mentioned on how to tackle Organizational Psychopath Leaders are still in the infancy stage and need to be more in-depth research to tackle it with efficacy.

By Brian L

Nov 20, 2022

Before completing this course, I thought of sustainability only as it relates to packaging... relying less on plastic, ensuring paper is coming from certified sources, choosing materials that are recyclable, etc. It's so much more complex than that. From this course, I've expanded my knowledge to understand that sustainability connects 4 key themes: Peace, Freedom, Development, and the Environment, and these themes are reinforced by the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) that were crafted at the United Nations in 2016. 

By 黃承涵

Feb 11, 2020

The course is will-organized and is pretty useful for beginners who want to learn about CSR. The lecture is easy to understand, but you can always explore more by reading extra articles and documents that are linked to the courses. Moreover, the professor gave suggestions and opinions from different positions to address the issue of sustainability. Really awesome and I enjoyed my time in this course.

By Nur O M

Aug 23, 2020

Thank you professor Edward for your time, lectures, and those insightful additional resources on every topic. Learning this through Coursera with such a deep explanation means a lot to me personally. This course brings me to a new horizon of sustainability: how to act ethically in organizations, strategies to be sustainable, and good practices of sustainability that have been implemented.

By Itumeleng K

Mar 2, 2022

This course opens your mind about what troubles come to the environment and soceity at large as a result of unsustainable behaviour of corporations and progresses to give a framework that can assist any manager to direct their organisation from such behaviour. The difference in contributing to this ethical practice for the individual and corporations as a whole is what stood-out for me.

By Patrick C

May 3, 2022

Very well structured. This course guides you from understanding the basics, realising and acknowledging the world, and then proceed to give strategies and action plans that can be followed that are applicable to individuals at different levels of influence in businesses.

By Maria T D A

Sep 29, 2021

The instructor has a sound and clear oratory, the materials are offered in a variety of forms (videos, papers, articles, Tedtalks etc), and the practices and assessment tasks really made me internalize what I've learned. And I've learned a lot! Great course!

By Jafed E G

Jul 6, 2019

I enjoy the lectures. The professor has a good speaking and teaching style which keeps me interested. Lots of concrete math examples which make it easier to understand. Very good slides which are well formulated and easy to understand

By Victoria W

Feb 5, 2024

Insightful crash course on the applications and summary of sustainability and CSR in the modern world. I like how the course content provides different perspectives and encourages the learner to think about the issues analytically

By Bernard D V

Oct 7, 2019

Great course that can be tricky sometimes. It shows that the world is complex, that there is no perfect answer, but that we are trying to do our best. A complete and well-thought course about sustainability. I really learned a lot

By Suyash A

Jun 17, 2020

I really got a very detailed insight on Global Sustainability, Corporate Social responsibility, UN SDG and Global Compact. Would help me to incorporate some of these learning in my current role to deliver better customer value.

By Maria V A

Feb 21, 2021

Absolutely loved the course: the content, resources and the way Associate Professor Edward Wray-Bliss presented it. Valuable, interesting insights that you feel you can really put into practice at the workplace. Thank you!