The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management (Second Edition)

Principles and Practice

Online Teaching Notes to accompany each chapter are available with the purchase of the book.

The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management has become a core textbook for business undergraduates. With a full introduction to sustainable management, the textbook covers all subject areas relevant to business students.

This second edition features fully updated chapters on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into accounting, marketing, HR and other subjects in management and business studies. Furthermore, this second edition offers brand new chapters on how to teach the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) in any business discipline, how to explore new business models designed to support sustainable development and how to crowdsource for sustainable solutions.

The book contains nearly 45 ready-made seminars/short workshops which enable teachers and students to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into every discipline in business, including economics, operations, marketing, HR, and financial reporting. Each chapter follows the same easy-to-use format.

The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management  provides a true treasure chest of materials to support staff wanting to integrate sustainability into their teaching and provides support to effectively embed sustainability in the curriculum. The chapters also offer a starting point in developing teaching units for Masters and MBA students. The material is not just useful to people in business schools, but to those involved in wider scale curriculum change, and those looking to make links between different disciplines (for example, how to teach system thinking, corporate peace-making and the crowdsourcing of sustainable solutions).

This is an excellent and timely book. It is excellent because of the breadth and depth of coverage, the multiple ways in which it can be used to support different approaches to embedding sustainability in the curriculum, and the teaching and learning resources it provides. It is timely because of the way in which it integrates the Sustainable Development Goals, and so draws on and develops this new world agenda. It is also timely because of the increasingly urgent need to tackle the very significant sustainability challenges facing the planet. If this generation of business students does not act swiftly and decisively in this regard as they progress through their careers, it will quite simply be too late. This book can play an important role in helping them to move in a sustainable direction.

Geoff A. Moore, Professor of Business Ethics, Durham University, UK

We have a challenging and pressing journey to make in sustainability. Take this book with you - the "Sat Nav" of sustainable management.

Alison Edmonds, Director, Epic Steps CIC - building leadership, career awareness and social responsibility in our young generation.

Building on the impact of the first edition of The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management, this revised handbook is an invaluable resource for students and educators alike.  It includes a wide array of learning resources – overview essays, case examples, curricular supplements (film and print), reference lists, instructional guides available to faculty – to empower  the business practitioner who recognizes the necessity for, and the opportunities of, sustainable management. The impressive list of contributors insures that discussions are both practical and relevant across all the business functions. But perhaps the most compelling aspect of this book is its intention: that is, to provide a resource that not only enables faculty to teach about sustainability but also allows students to take control and responsibility for their own learning. In this way, the guide helps future managers to voice and enact their values effectively and responsibly in a world that sorely needs such confident and competent leaders.

Mary C. Gentile, Creator/Director of Giving Voice To Values, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

One of the first textbooks I have come across to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into its teaching material – excellent for both business students and students and lecturers from other disciplines, or for anyone who wants to contribute to a more sustainable future for all!

Joris-Johann Lenssen, Managing Director, ABIS – The Academy of Business in Society


Jonas Haertle, Head PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact

Zoe Robinson, Director of Education for Sustainability, Keele University



1. The structure and purpose of this book 
Petra Molthan-Hill, Nottingham Business School

2. Introductory Note for Lecturers, Deans and other university staff who want to embed Sustainability into the Business School Curriculum 
Petra Molthan-Hill, Nottingham Business School

3. Introducing issues of sustainability 
Richard Howarth, Nottingham Business School

4. Integrating the three pillars of sustainability: Social, environmental and economic 
Seraphina Brown and Aldilla Dharmasasmita, Nottingham Business School

5. NEW: How to Teach Responsible Management Education
Susan Hill

Embedding sustainability into core subjects

6. Sustainability Reporting 
Christian Herzig, and Biswaraj Ghosh, Nottingham Business School

7. Environmental Economics 
Rosa Maria Fernandez, University of Birmingham

8. Human Resources Management: Supporting Sustainable Business 
Elaine Cohen, Beyond Business Ltd

9. Sustainable Marketing 
Helen Goworek, Nottingham Business School

10. Sustainable Operations Management 
Maggie Zeng, University of Gloucestershire

11. Sustainable Supply Chain Management 
Peter Lund-Thomsen, Copenhagen Business School and Lynn Oxborrow, Nottingham Business School

12. Developing Sustainable Responsible Strategies in Business  
Mathias Schuez, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Adding core topics to the curriculum

13. Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Management 
Aldilla Dharmasasmita, Nottingham Business School, Helen Puntha, Ellie Kennedy, Nottingham Trent University and Richard Holmes, Third Stone Ltd

14. Stakeholder Engagement and Corporate Peacemaking 
Natalie Ralph, Corporate Peacebuilders and Ellie Kennedy, Nottingham Trent University

15. NEW: Crowdsourcing for Sustainable Solutions
Lorinda Rowledge, EKOS International

Bringing it all together

16. Systems Thinking and Sustainable Management 
Néstor Valero-Silva, Nottingham Business School

PETRA MOLTHAN-HILL leads the Green Academy at Nottingham Trent University, developing curricular and extra-curricular activities in Education for Sustainable Development. In 2016, Petra won the Sustainability Professional Award in the Green Gown Awards.

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