Short-term and Summer Global Experiences

Sustainable Business in Switzerland: Decision-Making for the Triple-Bottom-Line

Course abroad for two weeks in August; on-campus sessions are held during the winter semester
Zurich, Switzerland
3 Credits
U-M undergraduates of all majors

Today’s companies cannot ignore the present environmental issues, whether they be climate change, water scarcity, ecosystem destruction, toxic pollution, or one of the many others. In business, the triple-bottom-line (TBL) refers to choices made by individuals and groups that balance social, economic, and environmental objectives.

As one would expect, there are rarely win-win options that promote sustainability in all three sectors of the TBL. Businesses must confront the inevitable trade offs when implementing TBL decision making with the ability to adapt to changing conditions.This course focuses on the skills-building necessary to make TBL decisions by immersing students in Swiss culture. Students have the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s leading companies that have mainstreamed corporate sustainability and TBL practices, and learn through lectures on the campus of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH Zurich).

Areas of Study: Cross-cultural studies, business sustainability, strategy 

Faculty Leader: Joe Arvai, the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; Director, Erb Institute

Applications are due Monday, February 3, 2020