Students of the Bachelor's Programme in Enviromental and Food Economics.
The course is available to students from other degree programmes, including exchange students.
1st year, period III
Course objective: To introduce students to practical aspects of sustainability in global value chains, as they are relevant to businesses, NGOs, policymakers and society at large; introduce the multiple dimensions of sustainability (TBL: social, environmental and economic sustainability) in the context of global agri-food value chains; discuss the role and limitations of sustainability reporting standards; introduce life-cycle analysis in the context of global value chains.
Lectures, individual essays.
|Edeltävät opinnot tai edeltävä osaaminen
Some introductory economics and/ or management course could be valuable, but not essential.
|Suositeltavat valinnaiset opinnot
Some introductory economics and/ or management course could be valuable.
1.) What are value chains, why are there different definitions, and why does governance matter as part of a global value chain (GVC) perspective?
2.) Global risks, value chains and sustainability: connecting the dots. The triple bottom line (environmental, social and financial sustainability) applied to global value chains – who cares?
3.) Introduction to sustainability reporting standards and strategic management performance measures for sustainability in GVCs: classifying sustainability standards relevant to global food value chains; examples of self-regulation for sustainability ’standards’ in global value chains; balanced scorecarding for organizational performance in global value chains; introduction to UN Global Compact, GRI and The Economy For The Common Good – how do they work, what are their differences? Applications to food processing and agri-food value chains.
4.) Sustainability standards: Which motivating principles & ethical theories are driving businesses in their reporting?
5.) Promoting sustainable global value chains through Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)? What is LCA, how does it work, what has LCA to do with sustainability reporting: examples from the global wine value chain.
|Oppimateriaali ja kirjallisuus
Will be announced in class and made available on moodle: articles & book chapters
|Oppimista tukevat aktiviteetit ja opetusmenetelmät
In-class discussion (class participation/ question-answers) highly welcome.
|Arviointimenetelmät ja -kriteerit
Learning diary, individual essays.
|Yhteydet muihin opintojaksoihin
Replaces the former course 87040 EE040 Yhteiskuntavastuu 5 cr.
prof. Bodo Steiner
Suitable for exchange students