LECTURES & MASTERCLASSES 2013
Villanova School of Business Guest Lecture
“The Growth of Sustainable Investment and Future of ESG”
Tuesday 11:30am-12:45am 22 October 2013, Bartley Hall 024 at Villanova School of Business
Department of Management Global Sustainability Management MGT 2208 - 001 TOP: Global Sustainability Mgmt CRN: 22025 Fall, 2013
During the fall 2013 semester, VSB offered a course titled, “Global Sustainability Management” for the first time. In this course, students explore sustainability from a practical vantage, identifying key issues and actors involved in sustainability challenges, and the potential responses and solutions of business and other organizations to those challenges. The course was developed and taught by Center Faculty Director Jonathan Doh.
In the first part of the course, students focus on environmental protection and conservation issues, including air, land and water. They also identify and assess the actors involved in sustainability issues, including the roles of national governments, international organizations, multinational companies, civil society, and nongovernmental organizations in responding to the sustainability challenge. The course addresses how tensions among these stakeholders over the implications of managing sustainability have manifested in specific debates and exchanges, but also how these sectors are collaborating to explore innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. As the course proceeds, various frameworks are introduced to understand sustainability issues and how corporations have responded to these tensions, especially to pressures to more fully consider the social and environmental consequences of their actions. The course concludes with an extensive exploration of companies that have responded by taking affirmative stands on social and environmental issues and incorporating social and environmental goals and objectives within their corporate missions, codes of conduct, and global strategies.
Several high level speakers served as guest lecturers including:
- Graham Sinclair, Sustainable Investment Strategist, SinCo (socially responsible investing, ESG financial consulting)
- Kristen Marzocca, Senior Consultant, Context America (CSR/sustainability marketing/communications)
- Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company (sustainable operations, supply chain, and strategy)
- HG Chissell, Senior Vice President, Viridity Energy (sustainable energy, smart grid, etc)
- Dave Stangis, Vice President of CSR and Sustainability, Campbell Soup (sustainability and CSR issues in food and agriculture)
For the final project, students explored the sustainability record of a particular company, evaluating how it institutes sustainability actions and initiatives, and how these programs relate to the companies’ core businesses. Profiled companies included Bank of America, Chipotle, BASF and Patagonia.
Prof essor Jonathan Doh
Villanova University: Why Sustainability?
The Villanova community views environmental stewardship as part of the Augustinian mission. This stewardship includes policies and initiatives that set forth university-wide standards and goals.
Goal 1 - Villanova University will strive to practice the principles of environmental sustainability and wise use of resources within the university community. Villanova will make reasonable efforts to conserve resources. Methods to conserve may include, among other things:
- The promotion of water conservation
- Waste reduction and the conscientious use of materials
- The conscientious production and consumption of food
- The promotion of energy conservation
- The use of renewable energy resources
- Practicing environmental stewardship of its lands
- The acquisition of sustainable modes of campus transportation
- The adoption of green building standards
Goal 2 - Villanova University will engage in appropriate learning opportunities with the intention of creating a community whose members (students, faculty, staff, and graduates) are environmentally literate and responsible. Methods to do so may include, among other things:
- Integrating social and environmental responsibility into curricular development
- Fostering further research and a deeper understanding of environmentally sustainable development
- Creating and promoting an informed network of Villanovans committed to the principles of environmental sustainability.