- Why CSR?
- Definitions of CSR
- Corporate governance
- A framework for understanding CSR
- Values motivation
- Limitations of CSR frameworks
- Meanings of ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’
- Climate change and global warming
- The challenge to business
- New models of sustainable business
- Capital markets and sustainable development
- Signals to the market
- Rewarding financial intermediaries
CSR in Developing Economies
- Development agent or development tool?
- Theories of development
- The business-poverty framework
- Business as a cause for poverty
- Business as poverty’s victim
- Business as a solution
- Assessing the business response
Globalisation and CSR
- The meaning of ‘globalisation’
- Influence of globalisation on business
- CSR as a response to globalisation
- Unmet challenges
How CSR is Managed
- Understanding what companies want from CSR
- Qualities of good CSR management
- Structuring the CSR function
- CSR as strategy
- The business case for CSR
CSR and Governance
- Theories of corporate governance
- The ‘drivers’ of corporate governance reform
- International developments in corporate governance
- Commentary from a CSR perspective
- The nature, challenges and emergence of CSR reporting
- The upsurge in CSR reporting since the early 1990s
- Conventional financial reporting and CSR reporting
- Reporting issues for corporate management
Stakeholder Management and Engagement
- Meaning and origins of stakeholder
- CSR standards
- Stakeholder consensus: deviance and uniformity
- Government and governance
Socially Responsible Investment
- The origins and development of SRI
- Sustainable investing
- Types of SRI analysis and practice
- Other SRI approaches
- SRI performance
- SRI index performance
- SRI fund performance
- Market growth
- Trends in SRI
- 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.
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.
- The different goals that companies are trying to achieve.
- The types and levels of CSR that companies exhibit.
- The shared lessons and common elements of CSR management.
- How CSR is managed inside companies.
- The business case for CSR.
- What is meant by ‘corporate governance’.
- The theories and ‘drivers’ of corporate governance.
- International developments in corporate governance.
- The implications for CSR.
- The emergence and development of CSR reporting.
- The voluntary nature of the reports and the issues that surround this feature.
- The theories which might help explain the practice of CSR and CSR reporting.
- New forms of reporting in the coming decade.
- Stakeholders as a managerial concept.
- The different types of stakeholder and difficulties with the ‘stakeholder’ construct.
- The role of stakeholders in defining and implementing voluntary codes of CSR practice and standards.
- Stakeholder management.
- The evolution of socially responsible investment (SRI).
- The main approaches used in SRI decision-making.
- The performance of SRI funds.
- An overview of the international market for SRI and its development in different regional contexts.
- Emerging trends in SRI.
£3765 + VAT