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Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

All over the world, expectations about the role of large corporations are changing. Today, the performance of businesses is assessed not only by earnings or share price—scrutiny is also placed upon organisations’ economic, cultural, social and environmental impacts. The actions, policies and strategies that businesses develop to consider these impacts are referred to under the umbrella of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).


This course introduces delegates to the relevance and importance of ethics and social responsibility in business and aims to provide delegates with the necessary knowledge and skills to help formulate and manage a socially responsibly agenda. Through readings, discussions, mini-cases and exercises, participants will learn about a broad range of social responsibility factors, such as ethics, environmental concerns and “fair trade.” Participants will also have the opportunity to develop their own organisational social responsibility policy.


2 days

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the different perspectives on ethics and social responsibility.

  • Explain the relationship between business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

  • Critique an organisational ethics statement.

  • Identify the various stakeholders with interests in ethical issues.

  • Create a social responsibility policy for your organisation.

Areas Covered

  • Introduction to business ethics and social responsibility

  • Environmental sustainability

  • Ethical issues in business

  • Managing ethics in the workplace

  • Development of an effective ethics programme

  • Assessing culture and cultivating ethical culture

  • International business ethics

Who Should Attend

This programme is designed for anyone with an interest in business ethics and social responsibility.

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