Social responsibility has become one of the key components of corporate governance in the 21st century. Corporate societies and businesses understand their role in contributing to the development of societal well-being and cohabitation. Their commitment is often values-driven and bears in mind the social and environmental accountability of companies vis-à-vis multiple stakeholders.
This online course addresses salient questions with regard to the understanding of social responsibility in the contemporary world. It assists participants with terminological clarifications and with relating different models of corporate social responsibility to the international debate. More recently, the understanding of social responsibility in relation to the attainment of the UN sustainable development goals has received new attention. It is with particular attention to concepts such as green economy, as well as to international regulatory frameworks and initiatives, that the concerted efforts of companies to enhance societies and the environment will be studied.
Define and summarise the concept of social responsibility and sustainability
Review alternative definitions of social responsibility and their strengths and limitations
Assess comparative needs for social responsibility
Distinguish between the applications of social responsibility in various practical situations
Unit 1 Introduction to Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Definitions Unit 2 Why Social Responsibility? Where is Social Responsibility today? Unit 3 The United Nations' and International Agencies' Treatment of social responsibility Unit 4 Social Responsibility Regulations Unit 5 ISO2600 Guidelines for Social Responsibility and the Global Reporting Institute (GRI) Unit 6 Is Social Responsibility Philanthropy? Communicating your Social Sesponsibility and Sustainability Commitment Unit 7 Applying Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Definitions in practice Final Assignment
José Antonio David
Universidad Católica de Córdoba
Dr Divya Singh
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