CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
2013/2014, Semester 2
Modular Credits: LL4189 ( 4 ) / LL5189 ( 4 ) / LL6189 ( 4 )
Corporations have been involved in a number of scandals in areas such as human rights, labour, envionment and corruption. Such scandals affect society adversely. Accordingly, there is the need to manage the relationship between business and society.
This course aims to help students understand and address the CSR challenges business face in the pursuit of profit. Students will be able to identify economic, social and political issues concerning corporations and their operations. Students will also be able to determine applicable standards for responsible business conduct and accountability mechanisms to hold corporations responsible for abuse in the area of CSR.
Th focus wlll be on Multinational Corporatons(MNCs). The relevant soft and hard laws for corporate responsibility will be considered. The role non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society actors play in ensuring responsible corporate behaviour will also be considered.
Major topics to be covered include: corporate accountability, corporate governance and CSR and global governance and CSR.
Weekly seminars on Fridays 9a.m - 11.45a.m.
Prior preparation and active participation are absolutely essential.
Reading materials will be provided via IVLE and/or Print. Class notices will be provided via e-mails and IVLE.
17 January 2014
24 Jamuary 2014
International Principles and Standards
31 January 204
No Class - CNY
7 February 2014
14 February 2014
21 February 2014
22 February - 2 March 2014
7 March 2014
14 March 2014
21 March 2014
28 March 2014
4 April 2014
Role of Non-State Actors
11 April 2014
The Module will examine four main CSR issues with a special focus on specific industries in developing countries.
1. Human Rights - corporate complicity in human rights abuses; special focus on extractive industry.
2. Labour Rights and Practices - working conditions, child and forced labour, supply chain; special focus on apparel and footwear industry.
3. Environment - Pollution; special focus on chemical and extractive industries.
4. Corruption - transnational bribery; special focus on defence and extractive industries.
It will also examine legal approaches and challenges to corporate liability; accountabillity mechanisms; impacts of corporate law, international law and global governance.
Please see schedule and reading list for further details.
1. Class Participation 20%
Advanced reading and active participation required every week!
"CSR encounters" or "CSR in the news" are also expected.
Reading list for weekly seminars available in workbin
2. Group Presentation 30%
Date : Week 4 following (exact dates to be confirmed)
Topic: Choice of CSR Issues
Presentatation: 30 mins
Class Discussion: 15 mins
3. Research Paper 50%
Due date: Friday, 11 April 2014 (9a.m) via IVLE.
Note: Please bring hard copy of research paper to class on 11 April 2014
Length: 3000 words (exclusive of short footnotes)
Please see research paper guidelines to be provided in week 1