- Heads of organisations, chief officers, chairpersons, board members and directors.
- Heads of departments, and senior managers & executives interested in corporate social responsibility (CSR).
- Managers of tomorrow who wish to develop modern business practices and find ways to act in a truly responsible way.
- Those who see business as being increasingly central to addressing global concerns and society’s expectations of going beyond wealth creation, against a backdrop of financial crises, climate change, political shifts, and population growth.
- Those who want their business to maximise profits whilst also being publicly accountable for its social and environmental record.
- Those who are concerned about the role of business in modern society.
What you will learn
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to understand:
- The context within which contemporary CSR has flourished.
- The different perspectives on and definitions of CSR.
- The values that companies are being asked to uphold.
- The main issues with which contemporary CSR is wrestling.
- What is meant by the term ‘sustainable development’.
- The evolution of sustainability.
- The evidence provided by scientific reports into issues of climate change.
- The challenges that sustainable development poses for ‘business as usual’.
- New models of sustainable business.
- The capital market implications of sustainable development.
- The ‘social’ aspects of sustainability.
- The role of business in social and economic development.
- What it means for business to be an agent of development.
- The circumstances under which business takes on a developmental role.
- The limitations of business as a force for development.
- Different meanings of globalisation.
- The main areas in which globalisation has an impact.
- The ways in which globalisation has altered trade, production, and investment.
- How globalisation influences governance and the implications of this for CSR.
- CSR as business response to the challenges of globalisation, identifying what it addresses and examining why some feel it is inadequate.
- Stakeholder partnerships as a response to the aspects of globalisation.