3rd Edition

Sustainable Management A Complete Guide for Faculty and Students

Edited By Petra Molthan-Hill Copyright 2024
    620 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    620 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sustainable Management: A Complete Guide for Faculty and Students is both a textbook for students, as well as a teaching guide for educators. With a full introduction to sustainable management, the book covers a wide range of subject areas relevant to business and management students. It enables faculty to incorporate sustainability and climate solutions into their modules, and is also very accessible for self-directed studies.

    This third edition features fully updated chapters on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into key disciplines in business, including economics, operations, marketing, HR, strategy, and financial reporting. We also cover topics such as corporate peacemaking, greenhouse gas management and crowdsourcing. The book offers a new chapter on how to integrate climate solutions and climate change mitigation education into business and management schools, as well as many ideas in each chapter on how to do so. The chapter on employability and sustainability was fully redesigned adding new resources, which can be used in any educational establishment.

    Educators in business schools and trainers in organisations will find short readymade seminars/workshops and a wide array of learning resources supported by a companion website.


    Foreword by Dr Mette Morsing, Head of PRME, UN Global Compact, New York

    Setting the scene

    The structure and purpose of this book Petra Molthan-Hill

    A new framework for embedding sustainability into the business school curriculum Petra Molthan-Hill, Carole Parkes, Susan Hill and Rajul Singh

    Climate Change Mitigation Education in Business Schools: Now It Is Time to Save the Day! Petra Molthan-Hill, Lia Blaj-Ward, Jennifer S.A. Leigh, and Florian Kapmeier

    Sustainable and Employable Graduates Fiona Winfield and Richard Howarth

    Integrating the three pillars of sustainability: Social, environmental, and economic
    Aldilla Dharmasasmita and Sigrun M. Wagner

    PRME, the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals Tabani Ndlovu and Sihle Ndlovu 

    Embedding sustainability into core subjects

    Sustainability reporting Christian Herzig and Biswaraj Ghosh

    Designing Sustainable Business with the Base of the Pyramid Angelo P. Bisignano, Patricia H. Werhane, and Michael Ehret 

    Economics for a low carbon future Rosa Maria Fernandez

    Human resources management: developing a sustainability mindset Daniel King and Elaine Cohen

    Sustainable marketing Helen Goworek and Angela Green

    Crowdsourcing for sustainable solutions Lorinda R. Rowledge

    Sustainable operations management Roy Stratton, Maggie Zeng, Aquila Yeong, Talal Alsharief

    Sustainable supply chain management Lynn Oxborrow

    Adding core topics to the curriculum

    Climate change and greenhouse gas management
    Richard Holmes, Al Dharmasasmita, Helen Puntha and Ellie Kennedy

    Stakeholder engagement and corporate peacemaking Natalie Ralph and Ellie Kennedy

    Bringing it all together

    Systems thinking and sustainable management Néstor Valero-Silva

    Developing sustainably responsible strategies in business Mathias Schüz 





    Dr Petra Molthan-Hill, PhD, is Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), UK, and Co-Chair of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Climate change and environment.

    Endorsements for Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management (3rd edition)

    This book is an authoritative introduction into sustainable management. Petra Molthan-Hill has put together thought leaders that will inspire future generations of students. It is a great contribution to advance the educational agenda on sustainability.

    Dr Dirk Matten, Professor of Sustainability, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada

    A road map for integrating SDGs into the management curricula….. The best part of this new edition of The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management is twofold. First, it has wider coverage from accounting to human resources to corporate strategy and second, it has included a new chapter on Climate Change Education (CCE). The book is designed in a way to enable faculty to use the learning resources shared in the book and inspire young minds. Thank you, Petra for guiding us towards responsible management education.

    Dr Divya Singhal, Professor and Chairperson- Centre For Social Sensitivity and Action, Goa Institute of Management, Goa, India

    This third edition of the Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management continues to be a readily accessible, enlightened and pragmatic introduction to the responsibilities that business and management students along with their educators have for creating a more humane, prosperous and equitable world. It does this by giving readers an integrated toolkit of concepts and perspectives so that progress can be made on some of the most daunting challenges the world faces: climate change, poverty eradication, peacemaking, and how to embrace a low carbon future.

    Dr Al Rosenbloom, Co-chair, PRME Anti-poverty Working Group and Professor Emeritus, Marketing & International Business, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, USA

    The third edition of The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management should be required reading for all business school students and faculty as well as current business leaders. The clock is ticking ever closer to 2030 with most of the 17 SDGs of Agenda 2030 not yet achieved.  The diversity of materials provided in this handbook should appeal to all lifelong learners and guide future decision-making by businesses and HEIs alike.

    Dr Ellen E. Touchstone, MBA, PhD, FHEA, Inaugural Associate Dean, Responsible and Sustainable Business Education and

    President, RCE Suzhou (Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development), International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU, China

    Among many other outstanding characteristics of this publication, what impressed me the most was the collection of contributors; some of the most experienced and knowledgeable academics and practitioners worldwide!

    Dr Oliver Laasch, Chaired Professor of Responsible Management at ESCP Berlin, Germany and author of Principles of Management: Practicing Ethics, Responsibility, Sustainability

    Building on the impact of the first and second 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.

    Dr Mary C. Gentile, PhD, Creator/Director of Giving Voice To Values, and Formerly The Richard M. Waitzer Bicentennial Professor of Ethics, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, www.GivingVoiceToValuesTheBook.com and www.GivingVoiceToValues.org

    We have reached a tipping point in human history in which our past and current behaviours have upset the delicate balance of a fragile world and we are likely to bring about our own demise unless we change what we are doing. But changing what we are doing is fundamentally dependent on our ability to discover, learn and act upon the ecological principles on which all life depends. Education is the only social technology we have to change how whole societies think and act and this book, with sustainability as its core pedagogical value and abundant practical pedagogical advice, shows how we can educate for a more sustainable and regenerative future. Such education is no longer an add-on, but a necessary foundation to which all other subjects must connect.

    Dr Norman Jackson is Emeritus Professor at the University of Surrey and Founder of Lifewide Education https://www.lifewideeducation.uk/,which supports lifelong - lifewide and ecological approaches to learning and education for sustainable regenerative futures

    The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management is a comprehensive handbook that strongly contributes to the current challenge of higher management education worldwide: the integration of sustainability issues into management education.

    All major business disciplines are covered, allowing the reader to learn about current sustainability-related challenges in a business context, through definitions and key concepts. Most importantly, it provides the reader with advice, supporting frameworks, examples of pedagogical activities as well as further readings.

    This guide should be put in the hands of all Faculty, practitioners, and management teams of business schools as it offers a method and concrete examples of how to integrate sustainability issues into the whole curriculum and consequently into business practices.

    Evelyne GROSS, International Accreditations and Sustainability Expert, Valorization and Transfer Committee Co-Coordinator of COLIFRI France (Franco-Colombian Association of Researchers), Sulitest Task Force Member, PRME Working Group on Climate Change and Environment Member

    The purpose of education must always lie within the realm of implementation. This is more relevant for climate related learnings now than ever before. Uncomplicating concepts and developing capability of professionals across the spectrum, from students to professionals, is imperative. This book provides sound practical and implementable perspectives that are essential. The content carries depth and is well organized to simplify learning for all, starting from educators and students to practitioners. Highly recommended as a guide for students, educators and professionals. 

    Capt Tapas Majumdar (rets), Founder Director, The Sustainability Practitioners, Member Board of Studies (BOS), Visiting Professor Corporate Governance and Corporate Sustainability, Independent Director. www.thesustainabilitypractitioners.com

    Biswaraj Ghosh

    Disruptions in global supply chains, the energy crisis, geopolitical threats, climate change and loss of biodiversity are posing completely new challenges for companies. Sustainable leaders are needed and must be educated. This book covers all areas of a supply chain, making it an excellent resource for professors to provide this much-needed knowledge. Each chapter covers the necessary theoretical basics, followed by concrete practical applications, additional resources as well as interactive games and activities to reinforce what has been learned so far. A really great textbook that every university that has placed the field of sustainable management at the center of its teaching and research activities should make use of.

    Prof. Dr. habil. Lisa Fröhlich,

    Professor of Strategic Supply Management, CBS International Business School, Germany and Board Member PRME

    The chapter on stakeholder engagement and corporate peacemaking offers an essential introduction to the role of business in enhancing multi-dimensional peace. The exercises included in the chapter help the reader to concretely understand what that looks like in practice, which is vital to moving responsible business engagement in fragile and conflict-affected situations forward. 

    Dr Christina Bache

    Chair, United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Business for Peace

    The chapter on linking sustainability to graduates’ employability makes an important and timely contribution. What is particularly valuable is their introduction to the ‘Sustainability Competency Matrix’ and how this can be used to help students develop their sustainability awareness and employability.  They also helpfully provide examples of a wide range of activities and interventions at Nottingham Trent University that enable students to gain their ‘Sustainability Employability Award’.

    Dr Peter Sewell – CPsychol  - Postgraduate Careers Manager at Lancaster University Management School and co-creator of the CareerEDGE model of graduate employability

    This book is a valuable tool for developing sustainability literacy across all business disciplines. The book includes reference to global sustainability initiatives of the United Nations that are incorporated into each chapter: the Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Instructors will find this book useful for its teaching suggestions, activities, ready-made stand-alone teaching sessions, and integration with core business disciplines. Learners will find this book useful for its focus on how sustainability applies to their business major area of study and for the opportunity to adopt personal sustainability behaviors. Administrators will find this book useful for its guidance on integrating sustainability across the business school curriculum. Whether faculty or student, The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management will provide a strong foundation to move forward on your sustainability journey.

    Nancy E. Landrum, PhD, Sustainability Training Institute


    The release of the third edition of The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management could not come at a better time, as educators in business and management schools around the world intensify their efforts to contribute to the United Nations ‘Decade of Action’ and move beyond provision of individual modules and courses on sustainability, to integration of sustainability and the UN sustainable development goals in to all subjects in the business school curriculum. With this text, Petra Molthan-Hill and her impressive team of contributors are doing the business community a great favour by providing innovative practitioner-centric examples of how to integrate sustainability in to a wide range of subjects, using engaging student-led pedagogies. The step-by-step instructional guides, that come with mini-cases, links to short videos, suggested reading and assignments are ready to use as they are, or to adapt, and will shorten the time it takes to introduce sustainability-oriented pedagogic innovation in to multiple learning environments.  As accreditation bodies such as AACSB, EFMD, AMBA and CEEMAN, and business school rankings such as the Times Higher Education (THE)  social impact rankings put increasing emphasis on integration of sustainability in to the curriculum, business school Deans might consider making this book freely available to faculty in every discipline.


    Alec Wersun, Lead author of the PRME Blueprint for Integration of the SDGs in to the Curriculum, Research and Partnerships, Glasgow School for Business and Society, GCU, UK, and Member of the PRME Global Chapter Council.