Overview

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility for both new personnel and executives interested in expanding their knowledge on the rapidly growing field of Corporate Sustainability.

Why should you purchase this course?

The three main reasons are:

 1. Acquire Skills that will help you regardless of what industry you are in. 

 

This 3-module, 42-hour, program is focused on the exciting new world of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It explores the foundations of Corporate Social Responsibility and some of the sustainable frameworks used by the world’s largest tech, manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, and mining companies. It provides guidelines on how to improve an organization’s environmental footprint, employee engagement, transparency, waste management, human rights performance, community investment, and responsible supply chain management. At the end of the program attendees should leave with the tools necessary to develop inspiring initiatives and successfully promote CSR.

 

 

Career Progression

 

The demand for people with an interest or experience in the CSR field is growing at a fast pace as communications improve and a demand for increased transparency and accountability in the corporate sector increases. In addition, recognition of the important positive role that the corporate sector can play in the communities it touches has encouraged companies themselves to become involved, spurred on by governments and the non-profits.


It should also be noted that the commitment to CSR (and hence the supply of related jobs) is, at present, more developed in Europe than it is in Canada or the US; although the market is growing rapidly on this side of the Atlantic.


Now more than ever, there is a growing importance for companies to ramp up their focus on social responsibility. "Social responsibility," in simple terms, means a business’ obligation to pursue achievable and good long-term goals for its people and the world at large.

Successful companies today use social responsibility as a way to give back to society and thank customers for their loyalty. This can come in the form of projects, movements or empowerment of individuals. Whatever form these corporate ventures take, they are definitely a win for both the company and the community alike. 


Organizations world-wide are looking for people that can lead them to utilize: 

  • CSR to help them attract and retain employees
  • CSR to improve customers' perception of their brand
  • CSR as a sign of accountability to investors
  • CSR to save money
  • CSR to enable them to better engage with customers
  • CSR for both commercial and social good

 

 

2. Find employment, stay employed, or advance – here are the jobs

 

You may have heard about the high salaries associated with jobs for CSRCSR professionals draw attractive compensations because of their capabilities to take up challenges in some of the most complex scenarios. When you are employed in any CSR role you can attract a competitive salary that will offer long-term stability. Large and medium-sized businesses, governments, and non-profits require CSR expertise to grow and succeed.

 

Explore CSR Jobs here

  

3. Get proof of your abilities by earning a certificate from the Foundational Technologies Institute (FTI) which is independent of this Education Provider, and which is approved by industry. 

 

Access FTI website here

 


 

 

 

 

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Course curriculum

  • 2

    Series 1: CSR Foundations. (Time estimate: 10 hours)

  • 3

    Lesson 1 - What is CSR

  • 4

    Lesson 2 - Why CSR is necessary

  • 5

    Lesson 3 - Global Trends

    • Overview of Lesson 3

    • Implementation of CSR

    • Trends in CSR

    • Reading Assignment: Link to CSR Trends

    • Lesson 3 - Quiz

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 3 - Global Trends

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 3 - Global Trends

  • 6

    Series 2: Foundations in Responsible Investing (Time estimate: 10 hours)

  • 7

    Lesson 4 - Introduction to Ethical Divestments

    • Reading Assignment: Introduction to Ethical Divestments

    • Apartheid's Influence on Responsible Investing

    • Reading Assignment: What is Sustainable Investing?

    • Writing Assignment: Responsible Investing

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 4 - Ethical Divestments

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 4 - Introduction to Ethical Divestments

  • 8

    Lesson 5 - Sustainability Indexes

    • Overview: Sustainability Indexes

    • Reading Assignment: What is sustainability index used for

    • Why investors should care about sustainability

    • Reading Assignment: Three reasons to invest sustainably

    • Sustainable approach: the new long term

    • Dow Jones Sustainability Index

    • Writing Assignment: Sustainability Index Review

    • Lesson 5 - Quiz

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 5 - Sustainability Indexes

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 5 - Sustainability Indexes

  • 9

    Lesson 6 - Incentives for Sustainable Investing

    • Overview: Incentives for Sustainable Investing

    • Reading Assignment: What do Investors want to know about your Sustainability strategy

    • Reading Assignment: Incentives for responsible investing

    • Sustainable Investing Summary

    • Reading Assignment: The Millennial Investor

    • Writing Assignment: Risky Investments

    • Lesson 6 - Quiz

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 6 - Incentives for Sustainable Investing

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 6 - Incentives for Sustainable Investing

  • 10

    Series 3: Responsible Strategy Setting (Time estimate: 22 hours)

  • 11

    Lesson 7 - Introduction to Strategy Setting

    • Introduction to CSR Strategy Setting

    • Reading Assignment: Playing to Win

    • CSR Practical Perspectives

    • Read and Reply Assignment:

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 7 - Introduction to Strategy Setting

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 7 - Introduction to Strategy Setting

  • 12

    Lesson 8 - Determining Goals

    • Overview - Determining Goals

    • Defining your goals

    • Reading Assignment: How to Write Vision and Mission Statements

    • Writing Assignment: Crafting a Vision Statement

    • Reading Assignment: United Nations SDGs

    • Reading Assignment: CSR Assessment Tips 2013

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 8 - Determining Goals

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 8 - Determining Goals

  • 13

    Lesson 9 - Deciding Where to Play

    • Overview - Deciding where to Play

    • Deciding Where to Play

    • Reading Assignment: ESG-Reporting-Guide

    • Reading Assignment: Integrating Goals with CSR

    • Writing Assignment: Deciding where to play

    • Lesson 9 - Quiz

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 9 - Deciding where to play

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 9 - Deciding Where to Play

  • 14

    Lesson 10 - Learning How to Win

    • Overview - Learning how to win

    • Deciding How to Win

    • Reading Assignment: S.W.O.T.

    • Reading Assignment: Strengths Finder

    • Writing Assignment: Conduct a SWOT analysis

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 10 - Learning how to win

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 10 - Learning How to Win

    • Reading Assignment: How to measure CSR

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    Lesson 11 - Deciding your Design

    • Overview - Deciding your design

    • Deciding your Design

    • Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

    • Intermarche Design

    • Reading Assignment: Understanding your Organization's Capabilities

    • Writing Assignment: Deciding your design

    • Lesson 11 - Quiz

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 11 - Deciding your design

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 11 - Deciding your Design

  • 16

    Lesson 12 - How to get it done

    • Overview - How to get it done

    • How to get it done

    • 8-Step Change Management Model

    • CSR Strategy Example

    • Writing Assignment: CSR Strategy Setting

    • Lesson 12 - Quiz

    • Student Discussion forum for Lesson 12 - How to get it done

    • Assignment: Create Action Plan - Lesson 12 - How to get it done

  • 17

    Final Exam - All Modules

    • Final Exam - CSR

  • 18

    What is Next?

    • Course Evaluation Form

    • Write the FTI exam - get your the professional designation of Corporate Social Responsibility Professional (CSRP™)

  • 19

    Resources