International Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
This course discusses the increasing importance of international sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR), not only in the corporate world, but also to the wider stakeholder model. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the study of the responsibility of corporations in relation to all areas of business and life affected by those corporations, such as pollution, fraud and corruption, child labour, slavery, the misappropriation of funds etc.
The course will emphasize the increasing roles of: governments – local, national and international, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), trade unions, investors, banks, local communities and so on. The impact of multinational corporations (MNCs) is uppermost in the minds of CSR theorists, as the very nature of these corporations has bought with it the need to take into account local cultures and communities when transplanting their mode of operation worldwide. Another area is that of bribery and corruption and the scandals which have permeated all areas of the globe over the last 20 years, and how the effective implementation of CSR policies can help reduce the levels which result in reduction of foreign direct investment (FDI) and severely affect the lives of people living in the localities.
Who is it for?
The course is intended for directors and senior or middle managers of private, not for profit and public sector organisations.
The course consists of nine substantive sessions and one revision session:
- Introduction and definitional problems
- CSR and organizational behaviour and corporate citizenship
- Stakeholders and CSR, and socially responsible investment
- Employees and CSR, and consumers and CSR
- Company responsibility
- Business and government, and business ethics
- Capitalism and CSR, CSR and supply chains, and CSR and civil society
- CSR tools
- Environmental issues and theoretical foundations of CSR
There are no entry requirements, although you should have a reasonable level of English and Mathematics.
What is included?
There are nine substantive sessions and one revision session, all recorded in the form of audio lectures. You listen to these first before you do any reading, and then once more after you have read the recommended texts. You will be able to calibrate your progress by carrying out the self assessed activities. Feedback to these activities is provided in the ‘Activity Feedback’ folder under each session.
The course is delivered through our Teaching Zone so you also gain free access to our Manager’s tool kit and effective learning skills sections.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Identify and critically discuss the most serious and urgent social, ethical and environmental challenges facing the world in general and business in particular.
- Understand the range of corporate responses to these global challenges, including various sustainability and responsibility models, codes and practices.
- Identify key stakeholder groups and be aware of corporate approaches to tackling their social, ethical and environmental concerns.
- Construct a business case for CSR.
- Analyse the practices of companies in terms of their social, ethical and environmental performance.
- Understand the dynamics of change and the role of change agents at a societal, organizational and individual level.
- Recognise the limitations of current theories and practices of CSR and articulate a future strategy for the field.
How do I study and how long does it take?
There are ten sessions in total and you should plan to spend around one hour on each session.
How is it assessed?
There is no formal assessment for this course, but there are self-assessment opportunities throughout the course.