Corporate Social Responsibility and Socially Responsible InvestmentUNIVERSITÀ DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
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- Mendrisio (Svizzera)
The role of corporations in society has been discussed for many decades. In the light of globalization corporations are becoming more and more transnational and the question of their responsibilities has been raised and discussed. In addition climate change and unethical behavior (even if not against the law) as well as human rights discussions have influenced the debate. Along with the shift from a mere shareholder point of view to a more integrative stakeholder point of view social and environmental responsibilities and the idea of sustainable development have entered the scene. On the one hand the rule of thumb is: "Do no harm". On the other hand, corporations are seen also as answer to the problems by living up to their social and environmental responsibilities. The overarching concept to address the role of businesses in society is called Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The course discusses latest trends in standardizing and reporting CSR, in implementing CSR e.g. in supply chains, the role of the consumer and the thread of greenwashing and last but not least the philosophical foundations of CSR and business ethics.