Course overview:

This course will focus on the ideas behind the increasing emphasis on corporate social responsibility. Designed for individual entrepreneurs, companies, and non-governmental organisations that have not yet developed or are rethinking their CSR policies or programs, this course focuses primarily on the philosophy behind the development of ideas of CSR, and will explore emerging conceptions of social responsibility.

What you will learn:

Rather than attempting to take a boilerplate policy and implement it within different organisational contexts, this short course is intended to develop the tools by which diverse organisations can think through the processes involved in corporate social responsibility:

  • The analysis of the social context in which the organisation operates, both at home and abroad;
  • The identification of crucial stakeholders related to the organisation’s operations;
  • The conceptualization of the “organisation as citizen”; and,
  • The development of the tools needed to implement these ideas and organisational values in the realm of policy.

This course is broken down into four sections to be covered in one day:

I. Breaking Out Corporate Social Responsibility: The Ideas Behind the Trend

  1. The organisation as citizen: Who is the organisation? How does it operate?
  2. The idea of the social: From the global to the local
  3. The conception of responsibility: What does responsibility mean? To whom are we responsible? How is responsibility enforced?
  4. What’s in it for us? Thinking about multiple bottom lines and competing ideas of “value”

II. Conceptions of CSR

  1. The principles behind current CSR guidelines
  2. Guidelines documents: ISO 26000; PDAC’s e3plus; the United Nations Global Compact; ICLEI Triple Bottom Line guidelines
  3. Current CSR policies, assessment and reporting: Closing the loop

III. Mapping the Social Terrain: The Context of CSR and Operations

  1. Analysing the social context: From governance to the ground
  2. Identifying crucial stakeholders inside and outside the organisation
  3. Understanding the needs of the social terrain: Consultations and considerations

IV. Case studies and examples

Who should attend:

CEOs and senior management from companies and non-governmental organisations and individuals interested in developing or redeveloping CSR policies and projects.

Duration:

1 day

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