- Course date
02-13 December 2019 (for MSP applicants only)
Contribute to economic and social development
This program demonstrates how external issues such as globalization, climate change, environmental pollution and the social media can be successfully managed through a cooperative development approach transcending the traditional boundaries between the public and private sectors.
This program consists of two main blocks of one week each. During the first week of the program we address issues regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). CSR can be seen as an example of what in general terms is stated by Business Ethics: ethics deal with values, norms and standards that we both individually and collectively apply to our behavior and our activities. This is an important aspect for those who are or will be the frontrunners within society. In a global society the debate about these values, norms and standards is essential in order to (prosperously) co-exist and contribute to a life worth living. An open dialogue is also - if not predominantly - required for economic arena, where different stakeholders might have different views on the responsibilities of corporations, investors, governments and the civil society. During this week we will both provide theoretical and practical CSR skills. We will start with a discussion on the different theoretical aspects of CSR: what is CSR? What are the internal and external elements of CSR? And what is the role of ethics within CSR? Finally, we will bring this into practice by applying the concepts to your own practice and you have the chance to develop a CSR strategy for your organization.
The second week will address issues related to the value chain. What is a value chain? How does it contribute to sustainability of businesses from a policy perspective and how does it relate to local economic development? Apart from the theoretical concepts we will practice different value chain analyses. Next we will discuss its relations to sustainable business. Different forms of public private partnerships for development will be presented and the pros and cons of these partnerships will be addressed. Finally we will address policy issues related to value chain analysis.