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  • Up to 3 lecture units
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  • English

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CASE Sustainability Performance Tool(Resource ID: 576)

The Sustainability Performance Tool is a qualitative tool for recording and developing sustainability in companies and non-profit organizations. It provides a holistic overview of the interplay between business areas within companies and opens up opportunities to systematically identify and further develop sustainability potentials and challenges. It builds on a comprehensive understanding of sustainability that takes into account ecological, social and economic aspects in a balanced relationship. The tool can be used by enterprises and organizations as a self-evaluation tool, as well as by students in cooperation projects with business partners.

Step 1 – Data Collection

The collection of relevant information is based on the assessment categories. It is carried out in a two-step process:

Desktop research: Relevant information about the organization is collected via websites, company reports, advertising brochures and other media. It should provide a rough overview of the status quo of sustainability in the analyzed company. The absence of central information in external communication is also a statement and can already point out an important field of action.

Field research: The information that cannot be collected via secondary sources is collected through interviews. Since business partners generally have little time, a targeted preparation in advance is essential. In addition to general principles of good cooperation (see CASE Guide), the following questions should be clarified:

  • Who are the interview-partners? (CEO, head of department,…)
  • Is a visit of the company possible?
  • Which issues can be gathered only over a face to face meeting?
  • What are the expectations of the partners?
  • Should the analyse cover the whole enterprise or only divisions?

For each interview however it is crucial that cooperation has priority to information.

Step 2 – Analysis

Sustainability Assessment: The core element of the tool is the sustainability assessment, which provides a depth analysis of sustainability performance for each business-area or division of the company. The areas are assessed through sustainability indicators, which are formulated as statements and explained through impulse questions. In accordance with the project-partners a two-step procedure is recommended for the evaluation of the single criteria:

  • Assessement, conducted by students
  • Discussion of the results with the external partners
  • Alternative: Self assessement of the project partners and afterwards discussion with students

SWOT Analysis: At the beginning of the actual company analysis a SWOT analysis can be conducted. The focus lies on the assessment of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks with regard to sustainability issues within the company. The SWOT analysis can be used as a starting point and an overview, or as a short analysis, without a deeper detailed analysis. In case of case studies, the SWOT analysis can be carried out by students; in case of cooperation projects with external partners, the involvement of company partners is indispensable.

Step 3 – Report

The final report summarizes the results of the assessment and the SWOT analysis. It is prepared by the project group, has to be approved by the teacher and agreed with the project partners before finalization.

Depending on the requirements, the final report can also be presented directly towards the management and / or staff of the partner company.

 

 

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Learning Outcomes
It provides a holistic overview of the interplay between business areas within companies and opens up opportunities to systematically identify and further develop sustainability potentials and challenges.
Relevance for Sustainability
The aim of the tool is to initiate reflection and dialogue processes on one`s own competencies and to motivate to develop the potentials further.

It can be used for
- Service Learning
- Sustainability Screening
- Entrepreneurial Projects
- Excursion
- Internship

Features
- Self-evaluation
- External evaluation
- Graphical visualization
- Comparison of results
- Benchmarking (planned)
Related Teaching Resources
The tool builds on a comprehensive understanding of sustainability that takes into account ecological, social and economic aspects in a balanced relationship.
Sustainability criteria
  • Holistic thinking
  • Application oriented
  • Related to acquiring skills
  • Strengthens interpersonal competence
  • Strengthens strategic competence
Preparation Efforts
Low
Access
Free
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an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsiĀ­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Author

Ambros Michael, Bernhardt Johanna et. al.

Contact

Michael Ambros
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institution:
Centre for Global Change and Sustainable Development
Date:

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