Business and Sustainable Development

By Prof. Trupti Mishra   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 4960
With the advent of emerging climate economy, it is essential for companies to be aware of not only the threats to business-as-usual from changes in the physical and regulatory environments, but also the unique opportunities to achieve competitive advantage from acting proactively in this area. The underlying rationale for the course is to present a vision of the way in which firms include sustainable development as a key component of the decision-making process. It covers briefings on specific sustainable development topics from a business perspective, strategies, tools to incorporate the principle of sustainability into everyday business activities and business opportunities arising from sustainable development.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  Bachelors and Master’s in management, Commerce and Social Sciences/final year engineering

INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  This would be relevant for all these industry professionals who are engaged in initial stage of their sustainability journey.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
  • Managerial Economics
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week-1 : Introduction to Sustainability, Key issues, Business Implication and Firm’s response
Week-2 : Sustainability Tools: Assessment, Management and Reporting Tools
Week-3 : Sustainability Standards and Strategies
Week-4 : Beyond firms, Regulation, Market, New perspective towards Sustainability

Books and references

  1. Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, Daniel C. Esty, Andrew S. Winston 
  2. Business and Sustainability, Michael Blowfield 
  3. The Triple Bottom Line: How Today's Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success - and How You Can Too, by Andrew Savitz 
  4. The New Sustainability Advantage: Seven Business Case Benefits of a Triple Bottom Line, Bob Willard 
  5. Various articles, cases, research literature, websites in the related area

Instructor bio

Prof. Trupti Mishra

IIT Bombay
Prof Trupti Mishra, is an Associate Professor in School of management at IIT Bombay. Her main research interests are on Economics of Pollution and Climate change, focusing on Corporate environmental performance, evaluation of climate change mitigation and adaptation in sector and community level. She has over 10 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, socio economic assessment and econometrics modelling focusing on environment and climate change issues. Her teaching interest includes Micro economics, Infrastructure development and financing, Business and sustainable development and Policy responses to climate changes. She has published her papers in reputed journal like Energy policy, Climatic change and Climate and development.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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