Corporate and Private Environmental Responsibility

ENE456 Corporate and Private Environmental Responsibility

Autumn 2024

  • Topics

    A number of environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and large corporations are invited to give presentations and tell about their views on private and corporate environmental responsibility and environmental conservation work. In particular the corporations are invited to talk about technological development and strategies for sustainability and reduced emissions, for example within shipping and the automotive industry. The NGOs are invited to talk about how they work and about their views on selected environmental problems, how to deal with them and about strategy and policy influence.

  • Learning outcome


    Upon successful completion the student:

    • Is familiar with selected environmental NGOs and large private corporations with interests in the environment and clean technology development.
    • Knows how environmental NGOs and private corporations work toward environmental responsibility and conservation, including strategies in the short an long run.
    • Understands the role of NGOs and large corporations in environmental issues and in policy work at both the national and international level.


    Upon successful completion the student can:

    • Explain differences between various types of environmental NGOs.
    • Explain and discuss environmental responsibility of large private corporations.
    • Coordinate and work on subject related matter in peer-groups.
    • Present and discuss subject related questions to a larger audience.

  • Teaching

    The seminar mainly consists of lectures given by representatives of selected NGOs and large private corporations that have an environmental agenda.

  • Credit reduction due to overlap


  • Compulsory Activity

    Mandatory attendance at all lectures and activities.

  • Assessment

    3 days individual home exam (publication day 1 at 09.00, submission day 3 by 14.00).

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    NGO Diplomacy: The Influence of Nongovernmental Organizations in International Environmental Negotiations (2007), Betsill, M.M, Corell, E. (eds.). MIT Press.

    Doyle, Julie (2009) Climate Action and Environmental Activism: The Role of Environmental NGOs and Grassroots Movements in the Global Politics of Climate Change In: Boyce, Tammy and Lewis, Justin, eds. Climate Change and the Media. Peter Lang, New York, USA, pp. 103-116. ISBN 9781433104619


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring. Will be offered Spring 2024 (last week of the semester).

Course responsible

Professor Stein Ivar Steinshamn, Department of Business and Management Science.