BBOA3015 - Sustainability reporting


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Regulation and enforcement related to sustainability reporting, legal requirements, reporting standards and reporting practices

Accounting practices and reporting quality related to sustainability and social responsibility

Use of and demand for sustainability reporting and social responsibility reporting

Description of ethical challenges within business, administration, and reporting

Verification of sustainability reporting

The informational value of sustainability reporting

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student must upon completion

  • Have in-depth insight into the purposes of sustainability reporting and what quality requirements exist for usability in user information. This, including importance and connections between and differences in reporting on organizational internal and external effects
  • Have knowledge of reporting requirements and voluntary reporting standards
  • Have advanced knowledge of reporting practices for mandatory and voluntary sustainability reporting, including reporting quality and compliance with rules
  • Have insight into verification of sustainability reporting
  • Have knowledge of factors that influence an organization’s reporting behavior, including impacts of regulations and enforcement, as well as insight into demand and use of sustainability reporting by relevant stakeholders.

Skills - Upon completion, the student must be able to

  • Contribute to the planning, implementation, and further development of organizations' sustainability reporting to comply with regulations and provide useful information for demand purposes
  • Carry out processes with the identification and analysis of significant external and corporate economic effects related to social responsibility and sustainability
  • Assess the organization’s internal control and other critical infrastructure for carrying out sustainability reporting
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of verification of sustainability reporting
  • Be able to make decisions based on the information from an organization’s sustainability reporting.

General competence - upon completion, the student must:

  • Have sufficient theoretical and practical competence to be able to stay up to date on ongoing professional developments within sustainability reporting, regulation and verification
  • Be able to exchange professional views and experiences with, and communicate key subject matter to others within the subject area, the profession, and other stakeholders
  • Be able to take part in the public debate about how sustainability reporting can contribute to awareness and behavioral change in the direction of sustainable development, as well as to what extent reporting practices are suitable for this and how appropriate reporting can be ensured
  • Can use ethical perspectives to nuance the understanding of the organization’s social responsibility, which business economic and external effects it is essential to report and how this can be communicated in the reporting
  • Be able to critically reflect on significant matters relating to the relevance and reliability of reporting, regulation, and verification of sustainability information, including transparency, sources of information, used assumptions and reporting principles, as well as the user benefit of the reporting for its purpose

Learning methods and activities

This course will use lectures and guest lectures

Further on evaluation

Supporting material allowed on exams:

  • Approved calculator regarding NTNUs support material code B-D "specific basic calculator".
  • Other calculators that are allowed in the course are: Casio FC-100V, Texas Instruments and BAII Plus.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Information about the course material will be given at the start of the term

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
NTNU Business School


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-16 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL430 Sluppenvegen 14 40
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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