Copenhagen, Denmark

Sustainability for Social Justice: Business Opportunities and Challenges in Emerging Markets

when 24 June 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee DKK 6000

Sustainability and social justice are interconnected concepts, particularly within the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation. While sustainability is framed in terms of ecological, economic, and social dimensions, social justice encompasses elements such as distributive justice, procedural justice, and cosmopolitan justice. In this course, we will explore how sustainability and social justice have evolved from isolated considerations to interrelated frameworks that jointly influence policy decisions. Discussions will focus on understanding sustainable development through the diverse worldviews of local communities, businesses, and governments in emerging markets. The course aims not only to examine sustainability from ecological and economic perspectives but also to incorporate ethical and social considerations, particularly issues of intergenerational fairness and justice.
The course will specifically discuss and contrast the concept of sustainability for social justice within the operations of both local and multinational corporations (MNCs) in emerging markets. It will frame these discussions in the context of the unintended impacts that business investments can have on biodiversity, human rights, and global value chains. Special attention will be given to the challenges businesses face in mitigating and adapting to climate change within their operations.
The course seeks to equip students with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the intricacies of sustainability, with a special emphasis on human rights, biodiversity, and global value chains in emerging markets. Supported by academic theory and real-world case studies, the course will adopt a holistic, social-sciences perspective on current sustainability concepts. This comprehensive approach will facilitate the design and evaluation of governmental and corporate policies and practices, with the aim of contributing to a more equitable and sustainable future.

Course leader

Jacobo Ramirez - Department of Management, Society and Communication

Target group

This is a bachelor level course. CBS Summer University courses at Copenhagen Business School is open to all and welcomes domestic and international students as well as professionals.

Course aim

In this course, we aim to equip students with a nuanced understanding of the interconnected realms of sustainability and social justice, particularly in the context of emerging markets. The course is designed to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. By the end of the course, students should be able to achieve the following learning objectives:

Define the multidimensional concepts that underlie sustainability and social justice.

Compare and contrast sustainable development from the perspectives of local communities, businesses, and governments in emerging markets.

Discuss the interconnections between businesses' economic growth, sustainability, and shared risks associated with climate change.

Apply sustainability and social justice frameworks to concrete cases involving local firm business strategies and management in emerging markets, and assess their respective relevance and applicability.

Credits info

7.5 EC
This is a 6-week course. You can combine up to two 6-week courses making 15 ECTS in total.
Find more information on our website.

Fee info

DKK 6000: Tuition fee for Open University students (EU/EEA/Swiss citizenship)
DKK 12000: Tuition fee for non-European students.