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Course is open to anyone interested in business and the Sustainable Development Goals

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What you will 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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Course is open to anyone interested in business and the Sustainable Development Goals

Approx. 15 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Week 1: Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 19 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
A Systematic Hierarchy of the SDGs and the MOOC structure (Lauren Verheijen)3m
Sustainable development: a wicked opportunity for business? (Professor Rob van Tulder)7m
Positive change starts with I WILL – the hummingbird (Eva Rood)3m
Summary of Week 1 (Lauren Verheijen)35s
4 readings
Week 1: Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals1m
Introduction to the Hummingbird Challenges2m
Hummingbird Challenge 1: WWF footprint questionnaire30m
Recommended readings and learning materials1m
1 practice exercise
What do you know about the SDGs?10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Week 2: The Biosphere

2 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 67 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
13 videos
The business case for Climate Action (Dr Steve Kennedy)6m
Floor covering company learns from nature to bring positive change (Geanne van Arkel, Interface)4m
Life below Water (SDG 14) and Life on Land (SDG 15) (Lauren Verheijen)1m
How business can mitigate externalities that impact oceans and contribute to SDG 14: Life below Water (Dr Mallory Flowers)5m
The WWF/Rabobank partnership to work towards sustainable salmon production in Chile (Brenda de Swart, Cristina Torres and other stakeholders involved, WWF and Rabobank Chile).11m
How to design and enforce effective sustainability standards to contribute to SDG 15: Life on Land (Dr Frank Wijen)7m
The B Corps Assessment for companies that balance purpose and profit (Marcello Palazzi, B Corporations)10m
How business schools can contribute to ecosystem restoration (Willem Ferwerda, Commonland)3m
Clean Water and Sanitation – SDG 6 (Lauren Verheijen)1m
How the finance industry can drive sustainable solutions (Professor Dirk Schoenmaker)5m
Achieving responsible long-term returns with global investments (Frank Roeters van Lennep, PGGM)5m
Summary of Week 2 (Lauren Verheijen)41s
4 readings
Introduction to the Biosphere1m
Hummingbird Challenge 2: Reduce your footprint30m
Challenges related to water15m
Recommended readings and learning materials1m
2 practice exercises
What is the progress on SDG 15?15m
What do you know about SDGs 6, 13, 14, and 15?10m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Week 3: Society I

2 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 60 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
13 videos
Sustainable development begins with respecting human rights (Professor Cees van Dam)5m
How can businesses contribute to human rights and to SDG 1: No Poverty? (Heleen Tiemersma)5m
Tony’s Chocolonely, working towards a slave-free chocolate industry and contributing to SDG 1: No Poverty (Arjen Boekhold)6m
SDG 2: Zero Hunger and SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being for People (Lauren Verheijen)1m
The role of finance in meeting SDG 2: Zero Hunger (Dr Marta Szymanowska)6m
Driving sustainable development and tackling SDG 2: Zero Hunger through finance – FMO the Dutch Development Bank (Pieternel Boogaard, Joanita Wartemberg, and Toghrul Khalilli)7m
How value-based healthcare contributes to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being for People (Professor Erik van Raaij)6m
A business case for value-based care of patients with Type 1 diabetes (Dr Henk-Jan Aanstoot, Diabeter)5m
Introducing SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy (Lauren Verheijen)1m
Reaching SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy (Dr Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal)5m
How the Port of Rotterdam is contributing to SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy (Caroline Kroes)6m
Summary of Week 3 (Lauren Verheijen)1m
3 readings
Introduction to Society I1m
Hummingbird Challenge 3: Who made your clothes?45m
Recommended readings and learning materials1m
1 practice exercise
What do you know about SDGs 1, 2, 3, and 7?10m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Week 4: Society II

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 37 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (Dr Tobias Brandt)5m
Interconnectedness of SDGs 4, 5, 10 (Lauren Verheijen)1m
How business can contribute to education and equality (Assistant Professor Samer Abdelnour and Theodor Cătăniciu, Restart Network)8m
Introducing goal setting at RSM (Lauren Verheijen)1m
Reducing inequality through goal setting (Professor Michaéla Schippers)4m
Goal setting to keep students at university and reduce inequality (Professor Steef van de Velde)4m
Tackling gender inequality (Professor Dianne Bevelander)7m
Summary of Week 4 (Lauren Verheijen)52s
4 readings
Introduction to Society II1m
Your I WILL statement20m
Hummingbird challenge 4: Implicit associations30m
Recommended readings and learning materials1m
2 practice exercises
Case study: Sustainable transportation by bike sharing30m
What do you know about SDGs 4, 5, 10, and 11?10m

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