Programme
Postgraduate Course in Corporate Social Responsibility

This postgraduate course taught by professional experts from leading companies, organisations and industries in the field of CSR is broken down into four modules.

Module I. Introduction: Basic Aspects

Introduction to social responsibility based on basic definitions and an overall vision of the different areas involved: sustainability, green and circular economy, environmental, social and governance (ESG). Analysis of key ethics concepts and their relationship with CSR. Learning through practical case studies.

Contents

  • Introduction: basic aspects and examples of application in companies in different areas and industries
  • Key ethics concepts: relativism
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: definition, evolution, trends and dimensions of application
  • CSR and its links with other concepts
  • Practical case studies of ethical dilemmas and decision making in an organisation
Module II. Managing Social Responsibility

Acquiring a global overview of the different areas of CSR management in an organisation (good governance, economic aspects, human rights, labour relations, environmental sustainability and relations with society), as well as aspects linked to stakeholders and actions carried out. Analysis of practical case studies presented by companies and organisations carrying them out.

Contents

  • Stakeholders: definition and relationship with organisations
  • Materiality matrices and identifying relevant aspects of CSR
  • Areas of CSR management in organisations and their activities
  • Code of ethics and other protocols. Internal and external procedures and instructions
  • Practical case studies

 

Module III. International Initiatives. Communicating Sustainability Policies. Reporting

Gaining a deeper understanding of different international initiatives in the field of CSR (United Nations Global Compact, 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Objectives, B Corp, etc.) and the main aspects of reporting. Analysis of practical case studies set out by the companies and organisations carrying them out.

Contents

  • Regulations and legislation linked to the different areas of sustainability
  • Organisations, institutions and sustainability initiatives worldwide
  • Other frameworks and specific initiatives
  • Directives and regulations for reporting on CSR/sustainability: international standards (Global Reporting Initiative, etc.), non-financial information statements, etc.
  • Certified management systems in the field of CSR (SA800, etc.)
  • Practical case studies
Module IV. Other Related Aspects. Social Action

Gaining a deeper understanding of different initiatives: alternative economy, social enterprises, ethical banking and responsible investment, microcredits, volunteering, links with NGOs, innovation, competences and skills for bringing about change in these aspects. Analysis of practical case studies set out by the companies and organisations carrying them out.

Contents

  • Alternative economy initiatives
  • Ethical banking and responsible investment
  • Social enterprises
  • Socially responsible investment funds and sustainable stock market indices
  • Social action and philanthropy
  • Innovation and CSR
  • Practical case studies

Assessment

Sessions and round tables

To complete this course successfully, you need to attend at least 80% of the teaching sessions and submit a Postgraduate Course Final Project.

You will be assigned a tutor to offer you help and assistance as you prepare your Postgraduate Course Final Project. You will have four sessions with your tutor to plan, structure and carry out your project.

Over the duration of the postgraduate course you will have the opportunity to attend roundtables and talks linked to different aspects of social responsibility.