Erasmus University Rotterdam
Driving business towards the Sustainable Development Goals
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Driving business towards the Sustainable Development Goals

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Michaéla Schippers
Erik van Raaij
Mallory Flowers

Instructors: Michaéla Schippers


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15 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Know what the SDGs are, why they are important and how each individual can be an agent for positive change in the world

  • Develop a positive, critical, aware and courageous attitude towards the SDGs

  • Be able to identify interconnectedness of the SDGs and the challenges behind solving them

  • Understand the role of business in the transition to sustainable development to create a prosperous future for all

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There are 7 modules in this course

Welcome to this MOOC 'Driving business towards the Sustainable Development Goals'. We are excited that you are joining us to explore how business can contribute to a better future for people and planet, and how you can start contributing today. First, explore the course overview so you have a better understanding of the resources, materials and assessments that lie ahead. We hope you enjoy the course. Let’s get started!

What's included

5 videos4 readings1 quiz3 discussion prompts

This week focuses on the SDGs that are most related to our planet and the biosphere. We will explore what companies can do to halt, reverse or mitigate climate change, and protect life on land and below water.

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13 videos4 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

This week is the first of two weeks dedicated to those SDGs that relate to Society. We introduce societal challenges such as hunger and poverty, and we look at new business models for healthcare and the transition to sustainable energy.

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13 videos3 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

This week is about the remaining SDGs related to society. We look at cities, education, and tackling inequality. We examine sustainable city transportation networks and how social entrepreneurship can support education that promotes employment for everyone. We also talk about the interconnectedness of the SDGs.

What's included

9 videos4 readings2 quizzes2 discussion prompts

In this week, we will explore the SDGs related to the economy. We will explore business contribution to SDGs 8, 9 and 12 and find out why decent work conditions, innovation and infrastructure, and sustainable consumption and production are so important. The key question is how businesses can be (both socially as well as economically) profitable in the long run while respecting planetary boundaries and human rights.

What's included

11 videos4 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

The SDGs cannot be achieved by a single individual or organization. In this module we will explore how companies, governments, non-profit organizations and individuals can develop partnerships to achieve peace and prosperity for all.

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7 videos4 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

The last week of this MOOC will focus on the interconnectedness of the SDGs. None of the SDGs can be achieved by themselves or in isolation. This week, we will explore how the SDGs are interconnected and how synergies and trade-offs work.

What's included

5 videos6 readings3 quizzes2 discussion prompts


Instructor ratings
4.8 (439 ratings)
Michaéla Schippers
Erasmus University Rotterdam
1 Course49,533 learners
Erik van Raaij
Erasmus University Rotterdam
1 Course49,533 learners
Mallory Flowers
Erasmus University Rotterdam
1 Course49,533 learners

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