Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

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Course Description

This online course introduces you to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its place in the world today. You will learn about the history, the different definitions and approaches, and the application of CSR within organisations. The learning materials and tools available in the courses allow you to acquire an introductory knowledge of CSR that will help you address social responsibility and sustainability concerns more effectively.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Define and summarise the concept of CSR and Sustainability
  • Review alternative definitions of CSR and their strengths and limitations
  • Assess comparative needs for CSR
  • Distinguish between the applications of CSR in various practical situations

Authored by Prof. Dr Michael Hopkins, one of the leading scholars and experienced professionals in the field of CSR, the course is 100% online with a duration of 10 weeks.



Course Code: CSR-15032021
Start Date: 15 March 2021
Duration: 10 weeks
Study Method: Distance learning

Registration: Open - Certification Track

If you missed the Information session on 10 February 2021, you can watch it here

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Contributor to the course

Michael Hopkins

Michael Hopkins 
Course Designer
Prof. Dr, President of MHC International and expert on CSR and Sustainability




Course instructors

José Antonio David, Universidad de Cordoba

José Antonio David
Universidad Católica de Córdoba,

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Divya Singh
Stadio Holdings,
South Africa


Qualification Awarded

Certificate of Completion upon fulfilment of all qualification requirements, in particular the final assignments. A certificate supplement with the indication of the achieved learning outcomes according to the syllabus and the area of the submitted final assignment can also be provided. 


Unit 1

Introduction and CSR definitions

Unit 2

Why CSR? Where is CSR today?

Unit 3

The UN and International Agencies Treatment of CSR

Unit 4

CSR Regulation

Unit 5

ISO2600 and GRI

Unit 6

Is CSR Philanthropy? Communicating your CSR and Sustainability

Unit 7

Applying definitions in practice


Final Assignment


Registration: Freemium Model



Basic Track

Certification Track

Course content


Activities such as quizzes or forums

Online videos


Live chat session


Grading of the activities


Access to final assigment


Certificate of completion


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Recommended Entry Level

We recommend that participants have a tertiary degree or an equivalent qualification.
Participants whose first language is not English are recommended to have a minimum English language-proficiency of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The self-assessment grid under this link provides potential participants with an overview in case of unfamiliarity with this framework.
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quotation markI like your online course, I think it is a good introduction to CSR and it is quite practical to navigate through. I like the fact that you have a quiz at the endquotation mark
quotation markI really like it and I think there is a real need for such a course. Excellent layout and content, and the right balance between theory and practice. Congratulations!quotation mark
Dr. Thomas Osburg. Head, Corporate Responsibility, Intel, Germany, Europe
quotation markI find it very informative and efficient in terms of return on effort. The introductory video is very good. It sets the tone of the course almost like in a "face-to-face" environment. I like the way to travel through the course, forwards and backwards. It is convenient. The idea of the forum is excellent as it promotes participation. Congratulations for the excellent course. I wish you plenty of the success with it.quotation mark 
Marc. Former Director, International Schools Geneva and Senior Executive Nestle, Switzerland