University of Technology Sydney

26822 Sustainable Value Management

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UTS: Business
Credit points: 3 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The subject is designed to provide an understanding of the field of sustainable value management, which has been increasing in importance in the last few years. Current industry practice are analysed and incorporated into the underlying theories, including voluntary global standards, rating systems and regulations. Identifying and evaluating performance indicators that capture sustainable value drivers and the factors that create stakeholder value is increasingly important. Complex and changing contexts require a dynamic approach to planning, budgeting, forecasting and reporting. Striking a balance between traditional financial factors and non-traditional financial factors being environmental, social and governance (ESG) with sustainable strategies can have a material impact on the valuation of organisational activities and inform investment decisions. Broadening this understanding to ways in which ESG factors can be addressed using financial instruments, a sustainable financial system and investment decisions provides context for strategic planning and effective capital raising. The subject draws on the experience and expertise of senior academics and industry practitioners.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehension of sustainable value management in strategic planning, reporting and financing decisions in organisations
2. Critically apply analytical decision-making tools and techniques to the valuation of financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors
3. Evaluate the techniques applied to sustainable valuation of organisational activities and investment decisions

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject develops students' knowledge and analytical skills in sustainability valuation and management by applying contemporary frameworks to the valuation of company activities. The knowledge developed in this subject is relevant to corporate transformation and standard stakeholder governance and reporting practices.

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attribute(s):

  • Intellectual rigour and innovative problem solving
  • Professional and technical competence

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is offered in blended learning mode during the short teaching periods of six weeks duration. The teaching and learning approach is a mix of online learning and in-class seminars typically scheduled over three evening seminars. Classes are based on blended and flipped learning approaches: students engage with learning materials (including papers, book extracts, videos, etc.) before attending seminars. Seminars include guided critical discussion of learning materials, group work on contemporary case studies, scenarios, workshops, peer discussions and learning from students own professional experiences. Discussions and application of theory, case studies and best practices are supported by online learning and communication tools and the UTS learning management system.

A formative assessment provides students with feedback to direct their self-study. Ongoing general and individual feedback will be provided throughout the subject via consultation seminars. A summative assessment provides feedback on students' comprehension and application of learning. Students also receive formal feedback on assessment tasks.

Content (topics)

  • Sustainability and transition challenges
  • Long term value creation and driving strategic change
  • The relationship between organisation responsibility and material ESG factors
  • Evaluate the various frameworks, rating systems and regulations and how they are used in organisational valuation
  • The role of sustainable finance in strategic planning and capital raising


Assessment task 1: Sustainability Report (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1 and 2

Weight: 40%

1,000 words

  • Depth and breadth of analysis of ESG metrics
  • Quality of rationale for justification of ESG metrics that are financially material.
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify and draw insights from a review of policies, regulations and frameworks used to assess ESG factors.
  • Viability and feasibility of actionable recommendations for ESG reporting inclusion for senior decision-makers.

Assessment task 2: ESG Presentation (Individual)*


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2 and 3

Weight: 60%

3-5 min video recorded board presentation and accompanying visuals plus a maximum 500-word committee summary report/board paper.

  • Depth of analysis of the various methods for capital raising whereby proceeds are used for environmental and/or social organisational objectives
  • Capacity to justify the role engagement may play in strategic planning
  • Demonstrated ability to justify sustainable value contribution to an organisation
  • Extent to which relevant information is communicated concisely and effectively for specific audience.

*Note: Late submission of the assessment task will not be marked and awarded a mark of zero.

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.


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Eccles R., Ioannou I. and Serafeim G., 2014. The Impact of Corporate Sustainability on Organizational Processes and Performance. Management Science 60(3), pp.2381-2617.

Escrig-Olmedo E., Fernández-Izquierdo M., Ferrero-Ferrero I., Rivera-Lirio J. and Muñoz-Torres M., 2019. Rating the Raters: Evaluating how ESG Rating Agencies Integrate Sustainability Principles. Sustainability 11(3), pp. 1-16.

Figge, F. and Hahn, T., 2004. Sustainable value added—measuring corporate contributions to sustainability beyond eco-efficiency. Ecological economics, 48(2), pp.173-187.

Figge, F. and Hahn, T., 2005. The cost of sustainability capital and the creation of sustainable value by companies. Journal of industrial ecology, 9(4), pp.47-58.

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Laszlo, C., 2008. Sustainable value: How the world's leading companies are doing well by doing good. Stanford University Press.

Schoenmaker, D. and Schramade, W., 2018. Principles of sustainable finance. Oxford University Press.

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