Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

About this course

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) 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 CSR 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 CSR 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 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

Unit 1 Introduction to CSR and Sustainable Development Definitions
Unit 2 Why CSR? Where is CSR today?
Unit 3 The United Nations' and International Agencies' Treatment of CSR
Unit 4 CSR Regulations
Unit 5 ISO2600 Guidelines for Social Responsibility and the Global Reporting Institute (GRI)
Unit 6 Is CSR Philanthropy? Communicating your CSR and Sustainability Commitment
Unit 7 Applying CSR and Sustainable Development Definitions in practice
Final Assignment

José Antonio David

José Antonio David

Universidad Católica de Córdoba


Dr Divya Singh

Dr Divya Singh

Stadio Holdings

South Africa

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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Duration8 weeks
Starting date11 April 2022
Get certification for 300 USD
Workload40 hours (8 online modules)
Subjects Business, sustainability
Language English
Study Method Distance learning

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