Sustainable Business Management – Business Sustainability Management

(Course Code: 222KEY, Course outline)

Semester: 7 Teaching Credits:  4 ECTS Credits: 6 Type:


Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: Skills development Instructor: Maria Hatziantoniou
  1. The interaction of Organizations with the Environment
  2. The inter-disciplinarity of environmental management and the instruments for the enhancement of environmental quality of any Organization.
  3. The basics of Environmental Management Systems (EMSs), EMS Standards- EMAS and ISO14001
  4. How Organizations address wider issues of sustainability and responsibility, with emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility, or product/services ecolabelling
Topics per Week:
  1. The “Organization-Environment” interaction
  2. The response of Organizations in the administrative, economic/market and social pressures for better environmental performances.
  3. Overview of Instruments in Environmental Policy and Management
  4. Environmental Management: history, evolution, current issues
  5. Initial Environmental Review
  6. Environmental Management Systems: step-by-step analysis
  7. Mid-term exams
  8. Environmental Management Systems’ Standards
  9. Analysis of EMAS (EU) and ISO 14001
  10. EMS certification: EMAS or ISO14001
  11. Corporate Social Responsibility
  12. Ecolabels and EcoLabel (EU)
  13. Final Exams

Practical training through:

  • Step-by-step design of an EMS
  • Emphasis on special issues of the subject
  • Discussion and analysis of specific case studies
  • The experiences of   quest speakers
  • Project implementation
  • Project presentation
Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips to local enterprises/organization
  • Project implementation
  • Assignments/Projects: 40%
  • Written exams: 60%

The presentations will be made available on the web-based platform (moodle). Recommendations for further reading are given in the course.

Basic Textbook: Karvounis S/K., Georgakellos D.A. (2003), “Management of the Environment” (in greek), ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΣΤΑΜΟΥΛΗ Α.Ε., Αθήνα

The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

Internet Links:

ISO official website:

International Network for Environmental Management web site:

EMAS official website