- To distinguish similarities and differences among the most applied environmental management schemes to meet the Sustainable Development Goals
- To exemplify systematic strategies to greening the industry from product design to regional perspectives (e.g. Circular Economy)
- To compare concepts and frameworks that integrate the social dimension of sustainability into the environmental management schemes, e.g. Corporate Social Responsibility, (social) Life Cycle Assessment, social entrepreneurship.
- To debate about the ways responsibilities are shared among industry, governments, consumers, academy and NGOs in relation to the expected effects of the environmental management schemes towards the Sustainable Development Goals
- To apply the framework of Environmental Management Systems to a case study according to the Sheldon & Yoxon's Guide
- To evaluate one of the best sustainability reports in 2020, according to RobecoSam, by applying the evaluation principles of the Global Reporting Initiative standards
- To distinguish the main differences between traditional enterprises and social (sustainable) enterprises.
Reasons to include the environmental dimension in the core business
Conceptual framework and revision of operations management theory.
Overview of the environmental management schemes for businesses
2. Circular economy (systematic approach).
Historical evolution and trends
Business to business examples and at regional level (cities)
3. Environmental management schemes
Image of the business (Environmental management Systems, ISO14000, Corporate Social Responsibility)
4. Product and people development
5. The social life cycle analysis as a tool to make environmental and social responsible decisions.