GBM704 - Corporate Social Responsibility & Business Ethics

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Subject Title
Corporate Social Responsibility & Business Ethics

Subject Description
Using cutting-edge analysis of critical issues and international best practice within Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability, students learn a hands-on approach to identify and manage the unprecedented risk and uncertainties in the economy and the environment.  Students will identify how to increase demand for ethical and socially responsible behaviour.

Working with a 'Partner Organization', students evaluate the effectiveness of the process their 'Partner Organization' has developed to pertaining to:

  • the identification and acceptance of responsibility for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment through transparent and ethical behaviour that contributes to sustainable development;
  • stakeholder accountability;
  • compliance with applicable law and consistency with international norms of behaviour; and
  • integration of aforementioned components throughout the organization and practiced in its relationships.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the background, trends and characteristics of CSR and sustainable development.
  2. Recognize theconcepts, terms and definitions related to CSR and sustainable development.
  3. Recognize theprinciples and practices relating to CSR and sustainable development.
  4. Recognize the core subjects and issues of CSR and sustainable development.
  5. Integrate, implement and promote socially responsible behaviour throughout the organization via its policies and practices within its sphere of influence.
  6. Identify and engage with stakeholders.
  7. Communicate commitments, performance and other information related to CSR and sustainable development.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.