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Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility

How to run a successful business that serves people and planet

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This course on corporate sustainability and responsibility will train students to be leaders who catalyze the management revolution. The course will blend theory and practice in a way that emphasizes both critical thinking and experiential learning. This will be accomplished through several interdependent components. Students will learn key concepts that can be applied to corporate initiatives, aimed at addressing a variety of social issues - including human rights, environment, diversity, and development. Students will also be exposed to best practices in corporate social responsibility and to principles and codes in the field. Students will be involved in a cutting-edge project on defining language in sustainability and corporate responsibility.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course you should be able to:

- Explain how enterprises can create social value
- Describe key trends in the fields of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability and their evolving nature
- Give examples of the key types of global CSR initiatives
- Explain stakeholder theory and the practice of stakeholder mapping and engagement
- Describe how global supply chains impact human rights
- Summarise key issues in Socially Responsible Investment
- Explain the impact of climate change and how companies are adapting
- Provide examples of how companies are addressing the issue of gender to promote gender equality and empowerment
- Describe how social entrepreneurs are creating new types of organizations that can create social value and how they could do it, too


Your Instructor


Deborah Leipziger
Deborah Leipziger

Deborah Leipziger is an author, professor, and advisor in the fields of corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability. She advises companies, governments, and UN agencies on human rights and sustainability issues. She has advised leading multinational companies on strategic and supply chain issues, as well as a wide range of CR initiatives, including the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, the UN Environment Programme, and Social Accountability International.

She is the author of The Corporate Responsibility Code Book, now in its third edition (Greenleaf, 2015). She is a co-author of Creating Social Value: A Guide for Leaders and Change Makers, (Greenleaf, 2014), Living Corporate Citizenship (FT, 2002), and Corporate Citizenship: Successful Strategies of Responsible Companies, (FT, 1998). She is the author of Social Accountability 8000: The Definitive Guide to the New Social Standard (FT Prentice Hall, 2001). Her books have been translated into Portuguese, French, Korean, and Chinese.

Ms. Leipziger is a Senior Fellow at the Lewis Institute at Babson College. Deborah currently teaches a class on People, Planet, and Profits at the Simmons School of Management. She has served as a Lecturer in the Bard MBA in Sustainability Program. Deborah serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship.

She has served on several boards including the Global Responsible Investment Advisory and Oversight Committee of Aviva plc; the Sustainable Futures Advisory Committee of Alliance Trust Investments in the UK; the International Board of Advisors of Instituto Ethos in Brazil, and the Advisory Board for the Center for Ethics at Manhattanville College, USA. Professor Leipziger played a key role in the development of the social standard, Social Accountability 8000, and its first Guidance Document.

Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College in Economics and International Studies. She has lived in The Hague and London for twelve years, and has lectured throughout Europe and in Brazil, India, Nigeria, Peru, and El Salvador, conducting research in Thailand, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. Deborah is also a published poet and the mother of three teenagers, her “triple bottom line.”

For more information, go to http://deborahleipziger.com/


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
If you purchase the Lite version, it is completely self-paced and so you decide when you start, when you end and how long you take. If you purchase the Immersive or Academic versions, you take the course with other students and a Course Facilitator. For these versions, there are three starts per year - the beginning of January, May and September.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.