Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility

Course description


This course introduces participants to corporate social responsibility (CSR) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It begins by introducing participants to the definition and importance of CSR, with a particular focus on the business drivers of CSR involvement for an SME. Highlighting the risks and rewards of becoming involved in CSR, the course formulates the concept in terms of 3 pillars, which cover a number of concrete sustainability topics. Finally, the course concludes by showing participants how to understand their company’s position in the CSR environment, providing them with a “CSR Readiness Checklist.” This checklist helps SMEs to identify the most productive way for them to engage with the various aspects of CSR.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

Determine the importance of CSR to their organization and its stakeholders;
Identify relevant topics and instruments to develop their CSR strategy; and
Complete the CSR readiness checklist.

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Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.


Lecture 1
Does CSR Impact Your Business (L271)
Lecture 2
How does CSR Work (L272)
Lecture 3
How Can You Make CSR Work for You (L273)
Case Study Exercise
Certificate of Achievement
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Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Next start date
9, September 2024
Time required
4 hours over 2 weeks
Course fee
Free of charge
Course access
Open for enrolments
Tutor Information

Tove Antonissen

Maximum enrolments

500 participants

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