T5088 – Sustainability through a Business Lens: Exploring People, Planet and Profits in Chile

Santiago, Valparaiso, Puerto Varas, San Pedro de Atacama
Faculty: Sarah Rand and Mary Henderson
Online Dates: TBD
Travel Dates: 01/03/2019 – 01/21/2019

This course will explore the role of business and other stakeholders in addressing opportunities and challenges related to sustainability in Chile.

Academic Overview
Students will explore the role of business and other stakeholders in addressing opportunities and challenges related to sustainability in Chile. This topic is addressed in three unique regions of Chile during their summertime– the urban environment of Santiago, the coastal areas of Vina del Mar/Valparaiso, and the stunning northern desert area of San Pedro de Atacama. Students will learn about sustainability through a business framework called the Triple Bottom Line. This holistic framework considers the social and environmental implication of doing business as well as the financial aspects, to evaluate their performance. Course learning includes individual research, team collaboration, and onsite meetings with business leaders. Students will also learn from government officials, academic thought leaders, and representatives from non-government organizations. Global and regional perspectives on issues including renewable energy, climate change, water scarcity, access to raw materials, and health and wellness will be examined.

Program Fee/Cost
Program Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily and one lunch (subject to change).

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Readings
Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage by Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston
Talent, Transformation, and the Triple Bottom Line by Andrew Savitz & Karl Weber
Readings on the history of Chile, B-Corporations, and Sustainability Reports (3M, Port of Valparaiso, Center for Business Sustainability)
Shared Value and Who Owns the Long Term? Perspectives from Global Business Leaders by Michael Porter (Harvard Business Review, July 2007)

Students will also read relevant marketing and management related articles tied to daily activities

10% Pre-Trip Journal
30% Major Journal
25% Synthesis Paper
15% Group project/presentation
20% Class participation

Faculty Directors
Mary Henderson, St. Catherine University (651) 690.8876, email: muhenderson@stkate.edu
Sarah Rand, St. Catherine University (651) 690.6986, email sjrand@stkate.edu

Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Henderson is a Management, Sales, and Marketing faculty member in undergraduate Business and MBA programs at St. Catherine University.  Mary focused her fall 2014 sabbatical on developing global studies opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.  Mary has participated in several study abroad experiences in Australia and Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden) that focused on sustainability and green business.  Mary is also co-author of Start Your Career Staging Your Internship Success. This is her second time instructing this course.

Dr. Rand is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at St. Catherine University. She teaches marketing, management and international business courses and has incorporated significant projects focused on sustainability. Research expertise focused on how company-sponsored women’s networks can be designed to positively influence women’s career advancement and organizational success. This is her second time co-instructing this course.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact Mary Henderson
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.


Travel Packet

Travel ePacket (Link)

Click the image at left to access the course Travel Packet. The ePacket contains important information about traveling abroad, including your itinerary, frequently asked questions, participant letter and culturegram.

Preliminary Itinerary will be posted by October 16.
Final Itinerary will be posted by December 7.


The Orientation process includes 3 components:
– an online self-study and quiz on the UMAIE student handbook.
– an online orientation webinar conducted by your faculty director(s)
– an on-site orientation upon arrival.

You are REQUIRED to participate in and complete all 3 steps within the deadlines specified below. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.

Student Handbook and Online Quiz

2018 Student Manual (PDF)

We have put together this handbook to provide you with helpful information for planning and spending your time abroad. The handbook is also your primary study guide to pass your online quiz. There are excellent tips in this handbook, and it is organized in a way we hope will be user-friendly and straightforward.

Please carefully read the UMAIE student handbook and complete the quiz on the UMAIE student handbook by October 20, 2018.


quiz_thumbYou can access the online quiz through your online application by logging in to your school’s study abroad website. Complete the 2019 UMAIE Participant Quiz under Assessments on your online application portal.


 Orientation Webinar

The online orientation webinar for this course is on:

Monday, October 29, 2018 – 4:00pm-5:30pm

Your participation is required. Please review the sign-in instructions below and make yourself available to participate on this date.

Click the webinar icon below to access the launch and sign-in screen for Zoom.

Instructions (PDF)

Instructions (PDF)

Webinar Link (Zoom)


(Alternate Access to Webinar)

Topic: T5088 – Sustainability through a Business Lens in Chile – Rand/Henderson
Time: Oct 29, 2018 4:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://stthomas.zoom.us/j/937919160
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 877 369 0926 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5247  (Toll Free)
    Meeting ID: 937 919 160
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aGlm1dmoV


Participants are required to bring their Student ID card with them on the course to qualify for reduced student entrances at many sites. Without your ID, you could be responsible to pay any difference in entrance fees.