Would you like to learn more about Global Sustainable Development? Would you like to understand the different legal, commercial, logistic and financial aspects of sustainable development? Then this interdisciplinary programme in Global Sustainable Development is made for you! This programme welcomes students from Business, Finance and Law degrees. Thanks to a theoretical input students will be able to formulate recommendations to a European company that strives to become more sustainable. Students will thus be able to experience a ‘real project’, with clients, constraints and risks, a specific budget and a diverse team. Leadership skills and change management will develop the students’ awareness of their own behavioural patterns and enhance their agility within their teams to adapt to changes and unexpected situations. At the end, students will have developed knowledge of sustainable business practices.

Courses

  • ERA421 - Foundations and Regulations of Sustainable Development (5 ECTS)

Introduction/objectivesThis course will be divided into 3 parts: Global Sustainable Goals, European policies in sustainable development and environmental law. It is intended as an introduction to current environmental problems and policy responses at European and international levels.
Content- The origins of "sustainable development"
- The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and their translation into the strategies of various European companies
- European environmental policy instruments (what are they, how are they chosen and implemented). The module will focus on some major instruments, such as the Seventh Environment Action Program (EAP to 2020) and the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework
- The legal basis of European environmental law, the European competent authorities establishing and implementing European environmental law and the general principles of European environmental law
MethodologyOnline and offline class activities, theoretical approach of the basic concepts, individual preparations at home (students will have to read articles, consult websites,…), research, case studies and presentations as group assignments.
Learning Outcomes- Define and use the basic terminology related to environmental issues and European environmental law;
- Identify the context in which European and international sustainable development policies have been developed and implemented;
- Understand the role of various actors and institutions in shaping and implementing those policies;
- Understand the meaning and the concrete implementation of the general principles of European environmental law into national laws
- Analyze the implementation of sustainable development policies in a company's strategy;
- Develop a critical approach of the successes and failures of sustainable development policies.
SupportCourse notes, Powerpoint presentations and resources on Moodle (articles, videos, websites, assignments, quizzes…).
Assessment20% continuous assessment, 80% final exam

 

  • ERA422 - Sustainable Trade (5 ECTS)

Introduction/objectivesThis course will be divided into 3 parts : digital transformation, sustainable production and circular economy.
ContentDigital Transformation: (1) definition, pros and cons, the jobs, (2) methodology and tools to implement the transformation
Circular Economy: (1) Definition, principles, benefits, challenges, (2) Overview of the circular in different sectors; food, fashion, plastics, recycling, cities, design…
Sustainable production: (1) Introduction to the supply chain and it’s strategic decision, (2) Establish sustainability expectations for the supply chain, the power of industry collaboration and multi-stakeholder partnerships, (3) For each main activity in the supply chain, understand how the sustainability management can be implemented: product conception, sourcing, production, warehousing, inventory management, distribution, transport, reverse logistics…
MethodologyA mix of: • Learning sessions at EPHEC: theoretical aspects, presentations, case studies • Field visits and testimony • Presentation by the student
Learning Outcomes• Understand what digital transformation is
• Develop a methodology to help a company implement this transformation
• Understand what circular economy is
• Develop innovative thinking on how to convince and implement circular economy concepts in different business sectors
• Understand what Sustainable Supply Chain is
• Develop innovative thinking on how to establish sustainable supply chain goals in a company or organisation
SupportsSlides, videos, visits, testimony/conferences

 

  • ERA423 - Finance and Taxation (5 ECTS)

Introduction/objectivesPart 1 - European Finance; Part 2 - Taxation; Part 3 - Fundraising
Content•    New Finance business models (e.g. CSR, SBM-I, circular bioeconomy)
•    Analyse financial institutions evolving to Sustainable models (Triodos, Lombard Odier, Pimco)
•    EU organisations supporting sustainable projects (EIB, EFSI, InnovFin, ICT for Sustainable Growth)
•    Financial products (types of loans, credit lines), ESG investments, Global Climate Bonds, etc.
•    EU tax landscape (no harmonised EU legislation, double taxation, OECD Model Tax Convention, tax competition, etc)
•    Traditional taxation (VAT, corporate taxes, income taxes and taxes on specific goods like energy products, alcohol, tobacco)
•    New taxation model (carbon tax, GAFA taxation /digitalisation)
•    What is fair taxation, tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax abuse
•    Understanding the key principles of fundraising (ethics, skills required, challenges to be faced...)
•    Developing a fundraising strategy (planning, analysing the current situation, measurement and control)
•    Identifying the sources of funds (individual donors, companies, government funding, ...)
•    Discovering fundraising techniques (event, direct marketing, digital fundraising, ...)
•    Communicating the fundraising message
Methodology•    The methodology and approach will be a mix of:
•    Lecture sessions with theory, press review, conferences, roleplaying and case studies
•    Student presentations during the courses
Learning OutcomesAt the end of the modules, the expected learning results are:
•    Understand the European Finance environment and available tools to use in projects
•    How taxes are applied in European area and taxation modes to use for sustainable projects
•    What is Fundraising and how to use it in the European project’s context
SupportsSlides, videos, testimonials / entrepreneurs sharing experience, visit on the field.

 

  • ERA424 - European Project and Management skills (15 ECTS)

  • European Project
Introduction/objectivesThe overall objective of this project is to put into practice and question the knowledge acquired through the various courses of the program. It is intented as an opportunity for students to experience a 'real project', with clients, constraints and risks, a specific budget and a diverse team.
-This project will also help the students to develop knowledge of sustainable business practices.
-European project will gather high motivated students with different backgrounds. This diversity must favor creativity and bring added value for project results.
Content-analyse the current sutainability strategy of an organisation;
-understand their needs and use this information to determine the opportunities and problems facing that organisation;
-identify alternative course of actions to deal with the problems they identified
-communicate their recommandations to the organisation.
MethodologyA project methodology will be defined and applied to structure the project
Each group will be followed and coached by EPHEC teachers
SupportsUse of Moodle with access to articles, websites, PowerPoint or Word presentations. Use of TEAMS for meetings
Assessment70% continuous assessment, 30% final exam
  • Management Skills
Introduction/objectivesThe purpose of this module is to develop the students' awareness of their own behavioural patterns and to enhance their agility within their teams to adapt to changes and unexpected situations.
ContentMBTI seminar: thanks to this powerful tool, students will gain self-awareness, improve emotional intelligence, and better understand how they, as well as those around them, operate in the group.
Through group exercises, the students will experience how change can be identified, what are the barriers towards change, why frameworks are needed to manage change. Through cases, students will learn through Kotter's eight steps for change the levers that managers must choose for change, the precise time at which to launch a change as timing of change is often neglected. Finally, students will learn that changes are not just imposed from the top but needs to be embraced by the whole organization, so also bottom-up, taking into account genders and multiculturality in order to evolve successfully towards an inclusive organization.
MethodologyOnline tests, online programme, live seminar, role-plays / case studies, Q&A, group assignment and group presentations. Live sessions if the sanitary situation allows it.
Learning Outcomes- use a tool that will help them understand their own communication patterns, as well as others',
- adapt their behaviours and communication
in order to join an effective team, be aware of its assets and shortcomings, gain impact and improve their management and leadership skills.
- identify the different types of changes and use the change kaleidoscope and forcefield analysis to analyse how organisational context might affect strategic change.
- Assess the value of the different levers for change
- Assess the value of frameworks to manage change
- understand the importance of the people's impact observed through change
- understanding how organizations have moved towards more inclusive organizations where genders and multicultural aspects are embedded into the organization's culture.
SupportsOnline resources, booklet, Moodle LMS and Teams platform, Harvard Business Review, books.