Master's specialisation in Corporate Sustainability
Studying innovations and socio-economic transformations that enhance an environmentally sustainable economy, in particular the role of business and the market.
The private sector plays a crucial role in shaping our sustainable society. Products and services and the way they’re developed, produced, and distributed put a considerable amount of pressure on the world’s resources. The private sector is therefore key to solving structural resource scarcity and environmental problems, notably related to fossil energy use and climate change.
More and more businesses believe they have a responsibility to tackle environmental challenges and, indeed, do so. But how can all businesses be gotten to think of both planet and profit? Does it work best when the pressure comes directly from governance in the form of economic sanctions and legislation? Or is it better that the pressure comes from consumers demanding sustainability? If so, how can public opinion be swayed in favour of the environment?
In the Master’s in Corporate Sustainability, we’ll look at all these aspects. Therefore, you can expect to learn about behavioural economics, organisational studies and innovation management as well as about different environmentally sustainable economies. Examples of sustainable economy include the we-economy, the bio-economy, the circular economy and the sharing economy. Another crucial question is whether these can exist in the current market where the main focus lies on economic growth.
You’ll be introduced to the latest scientific insights, which will be illustrated with numerous examples from the private sector: from cars and light bulbs to second-hand item web shops to coffee and chocolate. Because of the attention given to both strategy and policy, you’ll be able to work as an advisor for both the private and public sector. You could help governmental organisations and NGOs stimulate companies and consumers to make the needed change. Or you could work for a company in any sector and show them the power of environmental innovation.
The specialisation strongly focuses on the corporate level of sustainability transformations and corporate social responsibility. There’s particular attention for innovation: not just technological innovations but also on innovating manufactory processes and new business models. The main focus is on policies and the social-organisational aspects surrounding innovations rather than the concrete innovations themselves. Related aspects of business administration will be incorporated in this specialisation. You can also take courses from the Master’s in Business Administration as electives for a multidisciplinary perspective. You’ll also benefit from the advantages of the Master’s programme in Environment and Society Studies in general.
Environment and Society Studies: Towards a sustainable future