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New Centre for Executive and Professional Education focused on Corporate and Social Responsibility

22 Nov 2007



Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a key part of the UNRISD research programme Market, Business and Regulation. Business-state relations and the role of the market in social development have undergone profound changes in recent decades as a result of policy and institutional changes related to economic liberalization, privatization, commodification, and new approaches to regulation and governance. The implications of these developments for social well-being, equity and democratic governance are profound. The programme focuses on social effects of the privatization of public services, the role of business in poverty reduction, social and policy responses to 'corporate globalization', and business influence on social policy and development.

With the increasing importance of CSR many are finding it important to have ample background knowledge in the field. As a timely response, the Centre for Executive and Professional Education at the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica has recently begun offering courses on CSR. The Centre was created specifically to meet the need of business education tailored to the needs of socially and environmentally conscious businesses.

Their courses are three day CSR workshops, which are aimed at providing an intensive hands-on skill building course for business leaders with the desire to create or improve upon their own CSR strategy. The class size will be limited to ensure maximum impact, and will provide industry insights with expert speakers from the field. Graduates will receive extended support by joining the CSR alumni network.

The next course will be offered 10 - 12 December 2007, and is aimed at new and established businesses in Latin America that are interested in the process and the benefits of developing a CSR strategy.

For more information, contact Mohim Mukherjee at mohit@upeace.org or Tel: +506 205 002
Web: www.centre.upeace.org