Instructor for this course

Just one decade ago, the term “sustainability” had little impact on US businesses or nonprofits. Today, there are sustainability reports, scorecards, investors are paying a premium for companies that have strong sustainability records, and nonprofits devoted to sustainability are exploding in number.  The term "sustainability" has also evolved to include financial sustainability, environmental sustainability, ethics, and human capital development as cornerstones of the sustainability movement.

Companies today not only measure their own carbon footprint, they measure their suppliers’ carbon footprint and select suppliers who have a low carbon footprint, have good labor practices, are safe places to work, and all of these new standards by which we measure a company in terms of “sustainability,” require a new phenomenon – transparency.

Organizations can no longer ignore the sustainability movement because customers are becoming knowledgeable about a company’s environmental and labor records, how well they treat their customers and their employees, and how they contribute to the well being of the communities in which they operate.  More and more, whether a company will be granted a permit to build, or will be granted a “social license” to start or continue to operate, will depend on how a company can build its sustainability record.  This course shows you how to build a true sustainability record that you can defend and use it as a competitive advantage whether you are a large or small for profit company, nonprofit, governmental agency, educational institution, or even work as a sole proprietor.


Learning Objectives

  • Explore the full impact of sustainability on financial and organizational success.
  • Identify how transparency can boost your bottom line.
  • Discover how to create a real competitive advantage from your successful sustainability practices.
  • Discover how to build a business case for sustainability activities.
  • Recognize how you can reduce turnover and improve employee morale through sustainability practices.



Last updated/reviewed: June 16, 2021

5 Reviews (15 ratings)Reviews

Member's Profile
It is so great that Sustainability has been incorporated into the accounting field. The connection the instruction made between "Ethics" in the past and "Sustainability" in the present and future is so interesting.
Member's Profile
Terrific presentation, broadened my understanding of what factors in an organization should be considered from a sustainability perspective.
Anonymous Author
Great presentation, clear and well organized. The learning objectives were met and I will refer to the course material in the future
Member's Profile
This is relatively new subject for me. Well explained and I expect to find more from the presenter in future. Thank you
Anonymous Author
Very much enjoyed this course. Full of good information.


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  12:51Introduction to Sustainability: The New Road to Profitability and Success
Section 1
  12:14Sustainability Regulations and Ethics
Section 2
  11:01How Companies and Nonprofits are Becoming More Sustainable
  12:25Sustainability and the Internet of Things, Water and Human Rights, Finance, and Transportation
  2:42Nonprofits Raise Awareness and Funds, Benefits, Opportunities
  PDFSlides: Sustainability: The New Road to Profitability and Success
  PDFSustainability: The New Road to Profitability and Success Glossary/Index