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E-learning on Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustainable development rests on three fundamental pillars: economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress. In times of the financial crises, the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is widely discussed in the economic and political world. Increasingly, organisations are taking steps to demonstrate and enhance their CSR. In fact, coherent CSR strategy, based on sound ethics and core values, offers business benefits to address the social, economic, and environmental issues of organisations' activities. The commitment in the area of social responsibility thus becomes a strategic decision.

CSR is not only related to the sustainability of the society, but as well to the sustainability of the organisation it self. As CSR contributes to the motivation and involvement of the staff and therefore enhances a company's potential for improvement and economic development by activating its capabilities of innovation and creativity. In order to translated CSR concepts and perspectives into tangible action, suitable tools and methods are needed. The current online course is designed to respond to such challenges by developing skills such as organisational development, mediation, coaching and stakeholder dialogue.

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Course objectives

The online CSR course will allow participants to:

Target Audience

By addressing professionals wishing to acquire a better understanding of CSR, this online course is specifically designed for executives, managers and staff from enterprises, administrations, non-profit-organisations and universities. The course is planned for a group of 25 participants maximum.

Methodology and certificate

The course will work with different e-learning tools: theoretical inputs, free and guided chat sessions, on-line discussions, case studies and exercises. The course will be a balance between theoretical and practical inputs, giving participants the opportunity to apply in practice what they have learned in theory. Exchanges and learning among participants and with tutors will be supported. It is conceived as very interactive training.

The course will be moderated by two technical tutors, who are experts on CSR and environmental management and who will be in charge of the follow-up of the participants in a systematic manner :

- Module 1 to 3 and 5 and 6 will be taught by the experiences CSR professionals Alex Kunze and Clemens Lang from Neosys.
- Module 4 will be taught by environmental experts from sba: Karim Zein and Majdoulaine Semlali Wazner.

Tutors will respond participants' requests and questions on regular basis via e-mail or on discussion forums. For that matter, participants would require a good Internet connection and e-mail access. In order to ensure participants' motivation, the course will apply follow-up mechanisms to monitor working time and a successful completion of assignments. The course material will be uploaded in electronic formats on the platform. In addition, a documented bibliography and a glossary will be provided. Once the course is over, participants who have attended and successfully completed the course programme will receive a course certificate.

Course duration and programme

The course will last 10 weeks. The participants will spend approximately 8 hours a week in order to succeed in their training. This represents a workload of approximately 80 hours per participant. The course is organised into 6 modules .The module 1 is an overview of the CSR concept, its history and background as well as existing initiatives. Module 2 enlightens issues about Corporate Governance and accountability, fair operating practices and consumer relations. The working conditions and human rights, and legal compliance for employee relation are outlined in the module 3. Social and environment issues are discussed in module 4 with a focus on eco-management issues in SMEs and module 5 through sustainable supply chain management. Finally, the module 6 is about external stakeholder dialogue and engagement, and community involvement.

Registration and costs

Candidates will be requested to fill out a registration form and send their CV and a motivation letter. Considering that an online course requires active and motivated participants, a thorough selection process will take place upon registration. Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivation, professional background, date of application, and group-mix needs. As limited places are available, candidates' applications will be considered for the selection process in order of reception.

Course fee is 2'000 CHF. A 10% discount will be awarded to participants who register early. Partial scholarships covering 20% to 30% of the course fee will be offered but are very limited. The application for a scholarship requires a separate process.

Please note that our policy of cancellation is the following: if the cancellation is received after the final date of registration, 50% of the registration fees are owed; if the cancellation is received after the beginning of the course, 100% of the registration fees are owed.

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Neosys, the former Environmental Department of a large Swiss Steel company was established in 1988 as a Spin-off as independent private consulting company. Starting with consultancy in environmental techniques and soon occupational health & safety it became one of the pioneers of implementation of ISO 14001 environmental management systems in Switzerland. Since the year 2000 Neosys developed CSR consultancy and training services for enterprises in Europe and developing countries in Latin America, the Balkan region and Asia. It combines methodologies of organizational development, stakeholder dialogue and strategic enterprise development with internationally recognized CSR instruments such as Global Compact, ISO 26000 and BSCI. Further information on: www.neosys.ch

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