Introduction to Standards and Sustainability

Course description


This course introduces participants to the concepts of standards and sustainability, focusing on voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) and the various ways in which enterprises can approach them. Looking at the advantages of sustainability from a business perspective, the course analyses the benefits and costs for enterprises to become certified to VSS, stressing the fact that certification involves taking part in an ongoing process and not just making a one-time commitment.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Identify the roles of standards and sustainability in business, particularly with regards to international trade;
Grasp the various characteristics of VSS relevant to enterprises, such as geographic, product and sustainability scopes; and
Assess the different costs and benefits involved in becoming certified to a VSS.


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Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement issued in electronic format.


Lecture 1
What are Standards? (L185)
Lecture 2
Voluntary Standards (L186)
Lecture 3
The Differences Between Voluntary Sustainability Standards (L187)
Lecture 4
How Does Certification Work? (L188)
Lecture 5
The Benefits and Costs of Certification (L189)
Case Study Exercise (C059)
Case Study Exercise
Certificate of Achievement
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Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Next start date
15, July 2024
Time required
4 hours over 2 weeks
Course fee
Free of charge
Course access
Open for enrolment
Tutor Information

Petra Walterova

Regina Taimasova

standards sustainability enterprise business benefits international trade vss sustainability standards sustainability elearning