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
The Impact of CSR
- Understanding impact
- Different dimensions of the impact of CSR
- The challenges of determining impact
Criticisms of CSR
- Introducing critiques of CSR
- ‘CSR is anti-business’
- ‘CSR is pro-business’
- ‘The scope of CSR is too narrow’
- CSR fails to achieve its goals’
- The Future of CSR
- Where is CSR heading?
- Mega-trends affecting CSR
- Embedding and integrating CSR
- Transition and transformation
- The role of business in society
- 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 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.
- The importance of understanding impact.
- The ways we learn about impact and the ways it is assessed.
- A framework for understanding the different dimensions to impact.
- An overview of the impact of CSR to date.
- The challenges of assessing impact.
- Why some see CSR as being anti-business or anti-free markets.
- How some regard CSR as being too pro-business.
- Why CSR has been criticised for failing to deal with major areas of the interaction of business with society.
- Why some feel that CSR needs to become more rigorous and tougher in its approach.
- The major trends that will affect what is meant by CSR over the coming years.
- Aspects of contemporary CSR that may be refined or enhanced.
- Evolving types of approach to CSR.
- What CSR reveals about the changing role of business in twenty-first-century society.
£3440 + VAT