Denmark, Odense

Sustainable Development Goals and Global Production Systems: A New Implementation Challenge

online course
when 3 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

Please note that this is an online course.

Why the SDGs are important

Since United Nations launched the global sustainability development goals for 2030 companies across the global have embraced strategies encompassing the SDGs. Contributing to reaching the SDGs is considered critical to gain legitimacy, increase competitiveness, build customer confidence and just get a license to operate in the near future. Yet, unless the companies manage to implement their commitment in the design of their (global) operations there is a danger the SDGs will maintain being strategic commitments only.

The aim of the summer school course is to zoom in on the SGDs in general and in particular on the challenges pertaining to implementing them in global production systems/operations as wells as how to overcome the challenges.

Knowledge about the SDGs and how to implement them in (global) production systems is very important in tomorrow's job market and students who have joined this course will have an edge in comparison to students without SDG implementation knowledge when entering the job market.

SDG content

The course starts with a broad introduction to the SDGs and places them in a broader perspective; the SDGs are contrasted with the sustainability ideals underpinning the Brundtland report, the triple bottom line, United Nations Guiding Principles etc.

This is supplemented with an introduction to how companies located in developed and developing countries face different and similar challenges related to fulfilling the expectations to SDG-focused contemporary companies.

When a deep understanding of the SDGs is in place the course introduces how companies can work with strategic hierarchies to be able to choose which SDGs the companies should embrace and how to translate them into a source of competitive advantages.

After this strategic dimension the course zooms in on decent work, SDG 8, where the students are introduced to three elements concerning how to create synergies between design of operations and decent work. All lectures include materials focusing on both companies located in developing and developed countries. The first pillar covered is about the linkage between production planning, forecasting and SGD 8; the idea is that companies with advanced planning and forecasting competencies can plan the work schedule better and thereby avoid or reduce stress and overtime (including the implications for work-life balance and forced labor). The second pillar focus on job design and the linkage between job design, efficiency, ergonomics and employee well-being. This pillar also briefly touches on how Lean can play a role in ensuring a more efficient productions set up in combination with improved working conditions. The last pillar, looks into the interface between human and technology and how technology can be used and developed in a more employee friendly manner.

The course is divided so the students have a lecture half of the day while the other half of the day they work with a practical assignment.

Course leader

Jan Vang Brambini-Pedersen, jvbp@iti.sdu.dk

Target group

Mandatory prerequisites: Enrolled in an engineering, social science or business bachelor’s degree program or the equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites: Basic prior knowledge about CSR and/or sustainability is an advantage.

Course aim

How to systematically analyze challenges related to selecting the appropriate SGDs
How to identify means for overcoming challenges pertaining to implementing SDGs in (global) production systems
How to use hierarchical models to prioritize between different SDGs
How to link planning and forecasting tool with SDG (8) goals
How to design job stations and production set up with the aim of improving the working conditions.
How Lean can be used to improve working conditions
How to incorporate technologies in production set up with the aim of contributing to improving the working conditions in the entire global supply chain
How to work differently with SGDs – in particular SDG 8 – in companies in developed versus developing countries

Fee info

EUR 0: Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees.

NON-EU student: 8635 DKK per course (1160 Euro)

EU Students: 4250 DKK per course (570 Euro)