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University of Pennsylvania

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): A Strategic Approach

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Developed by Penn and the Satell Institute, this course provides theory and practical working concepts in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), exploring cases that demonstrate the great potential CSR may have to improve communities in the world, and to create awareness of potential pitfalls.

Students will learn (a) how to leverage corporate structures and nonprofits’ experience to undertake CSR activities that have real public benefit, (b) the relationship between philanthropy and corporate self-interest, and (c) how ventures can assess whether they are doing good CSR, exploring topics including measurement, attribution, and cost benefit analysis.

Through this four-week course, students from either the business or the philanthropic sector will develop a greater understanding of both sides of the partnerships that underlie Corporate Social Responsibility projects. They will learn how they might improve their interactions with their cross-sector partners, develop better partnerships, improve their use of pooled resources, and deepen their impact.

Finally, they will learn from many examples of Corporate Social Responsibility across the world. This course will teach students interested in developing a CSR project to conduct a wider search than they may have previously undertaken to identify lessons and solutions that they may adapt to their own setting.

Taught by

Peter Frumkin, Femida Handy , Lonneke Roza and Robert Bird


4.5 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • I do expect from this course a deep understanding of corporate social responsibility especially in regards to decision making processes must take into account cultural differences and respect to to the common interest in sustaining ecology. When capitalist market takes the corporations in a narrow minded policy then such corporations have no interest in cultivating cultural dialog for the benefit of humanity and then have no respect to sustaining ecology for the benefit of all living beings. i hope by this course i may have clear and distonct understanding about cultural differences and ecolologial safety for all living beings.
  • Audrey Mahlatsi
    Excellent course at an introductory level especially as regards to CSR and Human Resources management. The issues addressed as they relate to employer and employee relations m.ore helpful especially with regards to implementation of CSR
  • Profile image for HAMDA MOHAMED ALI
    Hi, for me as a Hamda Mohamed Ali

    I interest studding this course for my
    future reference

    and because of taking a good decision
  • Anonymous
    my self lipsa mohanty ,I'm intrested in csr courses fo better career to learn something achieved something

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