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 emphasise 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.
There are ten sessions in total and you should plan to spend around one hour on each session.
There is no formal assessment for this course, but there are self-assessment opportunities throughout the course.
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Detailed course information
The course consists of nine substantive sessions and one revision session:
Introduction and definitional problems
CSR and organisational behaviour and corporate citizenship
Stakeholders and CSR, and socially responsible investment
Employees and CSR, and consumers and CSR
Business and government, and business ethics
Capitalism and CSR, CSR and supply chains, and CSR and civil society
Environmental issues and theoretical foundations of CSR
- Nairobi2 years
- Nairobi5 years
- Lisboa2 hours
- Krugersdorp2 years