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Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility

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Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility

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Web Based
3 Mar 2014 to 23 Mar 2014
Duration of event:
3 Weeks
Programme Area:
Corporate Social Responsibility
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In today's economic and social environment, issues related to social responsibility and sustainability are gaining more importance, especially in the business sector. Business goals are inseparable from the societies and environments within which they operate. Whilst short-term economic gain can be pursued, the failure to account for longer-term social and environmental impacts makes those business practices unsustainable.

At the international level, the United Nations Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption.

UNITAR proposes this course to introduce participants to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). CSR is presented as a management concept and a process that integrates social and environmental concerns in business operations, and a company’s interactions with the full range of its stakeholders.

The overall objective of the course is to enable professionals from private companies, NGOs, International Organizations and Governments who wish to be involved in CSR, to define Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and apply such concept in their institutions and day-to-day projects.

Moreover, the participants will be able to:
  • Recognize the importance of CSR
  • Define the concept of CSR and Differentiate CSR from Corporate Philanthropy
  • Identify needs for CSR and apply the concept in day to day project
  • Describe CSR from a United Nations perspective
  • Recognize the importance and role of ISO 26000 in providing guidance on social responsibility


The course consists of 4 modules as follow:

  • Module 1: An introduction to CSR
  • Module 2: CSR Definitions
  • Module 3: The United Nations on CSR
  • Module 4: International Principles and Standards on CSR

Each module contains the following components: 

  • Lessons
The lessons are the core element of the course and they contain detailed information on the subjects treated in the module. 
  • Exercises
The exercises are activities that invite participants to reflect on what they have learned from the modules and to confront their arguments with those of other participants via specific forum discussions. 
  • Assessments
At the end of each module you will have to take one quiz that evaluates what you have learned and retained. In module 2, you will have to complete a practical activity that is intended to appraise your capacity to use the acquired knowledge for analyzing a real life case. You will be asked to review the CSR strategy of a leading company, enabling you to draw on the knowledge and insights gathered throughout the course.
  • Resources
Here you will find the lessons in pdf version as well as useful readings/videos that allow you to explore more on the subjects of the module. 

The course also comprises:

  • Glossary
The glossary provides definitions of main CSR terms. 

The course is composed of four modules that will be covered in three weeks, corresponding to 20 learning hours. Each module includes lessons that provide the core content. There are also reflection and collaborative exercises that invite participants to watch videos, reflect on their social and economic environment and discuss in partially facilitated discussion groups. Participants also engage in case study analysis, gaining a better and more practical understanding of CSR.

At the end of the modules, participants are required to complete assessment activities, including quizzes to test their understanding and a practical activity where they use the acquired knowledge to analyze a specific CSR strategy.

Participants can follow these learning materials and activities in a flexible way, choosing the learning pace that is most adequate to them while respecting some general deadlines.

The course aims to address the needs of professionals in private companies, NGOs, International Organisations and Governments who wish to be involved in CSR or are currently involved in CSR, and aim to apply and embed the concept of CSR in their institution.

Participants are required to complete the following assessment activities:

  1. 4 quizzes at the end of each module, accounting for 75% of the overall final grade.
  2. 1 practical activity at the end of module 2, accounting for 25% of the overall final grade.
Successful completion of the course, entitling to a certificate of completion, requires participants to achieve a minimum total score of 80%. Participants who complete all the mandatory activities with a total score below 80% will receive a certificate of participation.


Technical Requirements:

  • Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space
  • MODEM: 56 K;
  • Platform: Windows 95 or later versions, Mac OS 9 or OSx;
  • A good internet connection is necessary
  • Browser: IE, Mozilla Firefox, etc.;
  • Software: Adobe Acrobat Reader. 


To download the course flyer, please click here.




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