Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

Wind mills - Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable development

Course Description

This online course introduces you to Corporate Social Responsibility 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.



Programme Ethics for Professions
Course Code EP 4109 – Course name: Ethics and Sustainable Development
Start Date: 1 March 2020
Duration 10 weeks
Study Method Distance learning
Workload: 40 hours (8 online modules)




The course consists of 15 parts and ends with a quiz that tests your understanding of the subject, these are: 
  1. Introduction & History of CSR
  2. Exercise for you
  3. CSR Definitions
  4. Comments on the definitions
  5. Why CSR?
  6. Where is CSR Today?
  7. The United Nations and EU's Treatment of CSR
  8. 1950s advertisements
  9. Should CSR be compulsory?
  10. The three big elephants in the CSR room: i, ISO 26000, ii. Integrated Reporting, iii Global Reporting Initiative
  11. Integrated Reporting
  12. Is CSR philanthropy?
  13. Practical examples of CSR (Cadbury, NEC, Walmart, Novo Nordisk)
  14. Communicating your CSR or Sustainability
  15. Applying definitions in practice
  16. Testing Understanding via an end of course quiz


Method of Study

The course is an autonomous learning course which requires approximately 40 hours of study time to complete. Throughout the course, you will be prompted to read articles and watch audiovisual content for which you will need internet access. You will also be exposed to real-life case studies and taught to understand the socio-economic consequences of CSR and its application in different sectors. The end-of-course quiz will help you self-assess your level of understanding. 
Only participants who score 80% and above in the final quiz will be awarded a certificate of completion.


Contributors to the course

Michael Hopkins
Guest Professor
Michael Hopkins 
United Kingdom/Kenya
Prof. Dr. of President of MHC International, Expert on CSR and Sustainability
Anh Tho Andres Kammler Course Coordinator
Anh Tho Andres Kammler
Vietnam / Switzerland
DBA, Programme Executive Ethics Education
Quality Assurance Coordinator,

Registration and Fees*

This offers unlimited access to the course, resources and learning activities. 
For the course fees, we keep to a progressive scale based on the World Bank Country Classification
  Basic Track Certification Track



Downloadable course content

Final quiz

Certificate of completion


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*Participants from low-income countries are eligiable for a significant price reduction. Country income status categorisation is based on the World Bank Country Classification.


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