Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Business School

Nanyang Business School - Undergraduate Programmes

Course Description

AB0301 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sustainability

Acad Unit: 3
Pre-requisite: NIL

Course Description:

Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of business sustainability comprises three pillars: economic, environmental and social (Human & Labor) - also known as people, planet and profits. (Investopedia https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sustainability.asp_). The focus recently (including by regulators) has added a fourth pillar – governance (anti-bribery and corruption). Organizations in the pursuit of profit have been implicated in a number of scandals involving bribery & corruption, fraud, labour and human rights abuses, and environmental degradation. What role does law and ethics play in holding companies and individuals responsible for such scandals? How can companies ensure that they pay attention to social, environmental and governance factors and remain profitable? How do individuals and organizations decide what is the right thing to do? This course will require students to understand broad business sustainability issues and to apply ethical reasoning processes to decision making.