Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

About this course

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.

Learn more about this flexible, online, distance learning course: read the Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development course brochure.

  • 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
Unit 8 Connecting the Dots: Social Responsibility and the Global Pandemic
Final Assignment

José Antonio David

José Antonio David

Universidad Católica de Córdoba


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.

What's included

All learning materials are delivered entirely online. You’ll have access to a course website, which includes:

  • a unit overview
  • course-specific materials and activities
  • audio and video content
  • discussion forums

All the interactive materials from our courses are available as downloadable PDF versions for low bandwidth connections.

Computing requirements

You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (10.15 or higher).

It’s also possible to access our learning management system on a mobile phone, tablet device, however, as you will have to download the moodle application for Android or MacOs.

For the assignments and final assignment, you will be required to use any word processor, such as Microsoft Word, Google Sheets, Pages, and convert it to a PDF, you can download it here.

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Duration8 weeks
Starting date17 April 2023

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Workload40 hours (8 online modules)
1.5 hour live synchronous learning session every other week (6 hours total)
Subjects Business, sustainability
Language English
Study Method Distance learning


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