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Sustainable Business

Sustainable Business

Code: BUS1LF101
Scope: 5 ECTS
Timing: semester 4 for autumn 2018 and spring 2019 beginners, semester 2 for others
Language: English
Curriculum: GLOBBA16
Course level: Basic Studies
Course type: compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses
No prerequisites.

Learning outcomes
You identify the minimum requirements set by the laws and regulations and recognise ethical conduct beyond them. You have legal knowledge necessary for conducting basic business procedures and you understand the basic legal concepts and logical rules necessary for independent use of sources of law.

You have developed awareness of sustainability and skills to enhance sustainable business values in terms of people, planet and profit. You understand the various motives to invest in sustainability as well as the impact of sustainability in the competitiveness of a company. You understand what it means to embed and integrate sustainability in business environments. You know the basics of analysing sustainability reports of companies. You know the basic concepts of contract and competition law.


  •  legal environment and norms
  •  international sustainability standards
  •  legal personality and legal actions
  •  sustainability reports
  •  sustainability and financial performances
  •  business trade and ethics
  •  contracts: formation and invalidity and ethics
  •  consumer trade and ethics
  •  competition law and ethics
  •  corporate law, code of conduct
  •  sustainable supply chain management
  •  creating customer value through sustainability

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)
If you have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, you can show the competence with a demonstration and progress faster through your studies. More information and instructions for RPL are available at MyNet.

Cooperation with the business community
The course deals with sustainability reports of companies.

The content of the course deals with sustainability challenges of global companies.

Course formats
Contact and distant sessions or virtual course or project course or intensive course or educationalisation.

Students' performance is graded on the following scale: Excellent (5), Very good (4), Good (3), Satisfactory (2), Fair (1), Fail (0).
Link to the joint assessment grid. The assessment of one’s own learning.

Course teachers
Hanna Harilainen, Christina Karlia-Palomäki

Learning materials
Materials to be announced in the implementation plan.