CERTIFICATE COURSE IN CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
Corporate Social Responsibility. The course introduces participants to the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. The course begins with a discussion on the history of CSR activities, and moves through planning, implementation, evaluation and development of the CSR cycle in profit making organizations
Information about Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) deals with the impact of organisational activities on society and the environment. Presently, corporate responsibility has become an extremely important factor influencing the development of companies, their profits and brand image. Socially responsible enterprises offer donations and support charitable activities, social actions, as well as degrees related to environmental studies. They also award grants and fellowships, providing support for disaster affected areas and other relief causes.
Universities and business schools offer various Master’s degrees, specializations and executive short courses in the corporate social responsibility. Some MBA (Master of Business Administration) programmes offer CSR concentrations, while other schools hold individual study courses on topics such as responsible management for sustainability, green management, social responsibility management, global market and ethical responsibility, and others.
Degrees in corporate social responsibility generally emphasise a multi-disciplinary approach on social, ethical and environmental issues. They aim to equip students with competencies including business knowledge, understanding of economic factors, as well as communication and leadership skills. Global awareness and risk management abilities are also highly valuable to corporate responsibility professionals.
Professionals in CSR practice in different work environments from non-profit organisations, to corporations to governmental bodies or consultancy firms. Career prospects include: strategic communicator, sustainability consultant, environmental and social risk manager, sustainability commercial director, corporate governance manager, senior ecologist, etc.
Contributing to economic and social development
The Corporate Social Responsibility program mainly targets participants from non-European countries and/or NGOs who are active in these countries.
In a globalized world, companies are increasingly confronted with ethical norms and values that differ across countries. This provides a challenge to them, as differing moral standards come with differing expectations on the economic, social and environmental responsibility that companies have to assume. In the industrialized societies of today, companies are expected by their stakeholders – such as customers, suppliers, employees, the public, and the media – to do more than simply following the law. In developing countries, where legal standards typically are weak, the question on basic responsibilities, such as protecting human rights of workers or paying living salaries, arise.
This demand for more corporate responsibility is aggravated by the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, demographic change, resource scarcity, and urbanization. Companies are not only expected to make a contribution to the solution of these problems for the sake of society, they will simply have to do so for their own sake in order to stay competitive in the long run. In this course we study this interplay between business and society in a globalized world and explore how companies can meet stakeholder expectations in a manner that balances social, environmental and economic goals.
Reasons to follow this program
- Understand the debate on CSR and gain management knowledge on this concept
- Learn how to strategize for CSR, responding to issues such as climate change and circularity
- Learn how to engage with your stakeholders and to apply CSR tools and practices