Corporate Social Responsibility

Course Code
Number of Credits
Description/Course Objective
SM83.01 Environmental Management and Climate Change (Required Course)
The objective of the module is to provide students with a background to the contemporary environmental challenges facing the planet and to provide them with business-related tools for reducing environmental impacts. The module will emphasize the need for management systems based approaches to deal with significant environmental impacts of operations and will examine the role of business in helping to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
SM83.02 Value Chain Risk Management (Required Course)
Over the last three decades, the Asia-Pacific region has become the manufacturing center of the world economy. But it also has a huge agricultural and extractives sector. Along those supply chains are a number of risks for business most associated with the ubiquitous ‘sweatshop’. The module will examine core labour standards, ways of reducing supply chain risks and links to product responsibility.
SM83.03 Community Investment and Development (Required Course) 
Businesses have both positive and negative impacts on the communities close to their operations and in the communities that they serve. Increasingly they are expected to engage communities and ensure that their interests are taken into account. The module stresses the need for a strategic approach to community investment, with an emphasis on measuring impacts and addressing community concerns through stakeholder engagement.
SM83.04 Development, Poverty Alleviation and Social Business (Required Course)
The module will examine the contributions that businesses can make to sustainable development with a particular emphasis on meeting the Millennium Development Goals and poverty alleviation. It will examine innovative business practices associated with social enterprises, micro-finance and the role of businesses in helping communities finding their own solutions to poverty through small business development.
SM83.05 Corporate Governance, Fair Opening Practices and Government Realtions (Required Course)
Good corporate governance is at the heart of corporate social responsibility and this module will examine many of the economic aspects of sustainable development. It will examine key corporate governance challenges in the region including the power of majority shareholders and challenges associated with bribery and corruption. It will examine the role of governments and intergovernmental organizations in CSR.
SM83.06 Business and Human Rights (Required Course)
A number of intergovernmental instruments and codes stress the need for the private sector to engage with human rights within their own operations and within their sphere of influence. The module will examine a range of human rights issues and ways in which businesses can engage with them. It will examine developing laws in this area and consider how businesses can protect themselves from being seen as complicit in human rights abuses.
SM83.07 Human Resource Management, Diversity and Inclusion (Required Course)
Internal aspects of CSR mean linking effective strategies to good human resource management. Involving staff in CSR activities and using CSR as a way to attract and retain staff are the key aspects of this module. It also examines issues such as equal opportunities and strategies for diversity and inclusions in the workplace.
SM83.08 Business Strategy and Social Responsibility (Required Course)
Companies have the potential to enhance their reputation, brand and trust through a strategic approach to sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility and a rigorous sustainability reporting process. A sustainability reporting process that informs and reflects a strategic approach to CSR is a valuable tool to understand sustainability risks and utilize opportunities. Companies need to be prepared for increasing demand for accountability from stakeholders, improve transparency, and communicate both challenges and achievements in an open, honest and accurate way. The module will examine how CSR can be an agent for change, how reporting processes can help to measure performance, manage impacts, and support the development of strategies for change - as well as being a communication tool to demonstrate progress. It will also engage with available frameworks and tools.