Overview of the CSR School

The CSR School aims to provide advanced training regarding the identification of sustainability-related business opportunities and the inclusion of responsibility in the core of one’s business strategy, in order to achieve sustainable value and formulate a more resilient organization.

The training program is envisioned as a journey that will cover all major identified areas that relate to the responsible management of sustainability. Within 6 weeks, during which a minimum of 48 hours of sustainability-related knowledge and management experience will be shared, trainees will gain an up-to-date overview of major developments around the largest environmental, social and governance challenges affecting businesses nowadays.

During the 12-part Webinar series, the participants will attend lectures by distinguished academic faculty members, discuss relevant case studies, learn about best practices that have been implemented by experienced senior professionals and exchange views and thoughts around the incorporation of relevant theory into the CSR initiatives of their own organization.

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WHY ATTEND THE CSR SCHOOL

Learn from world-class experts

Work on real-case scenarios

Earn a professional certificate

Accelerate your career

Discover “how-to” through best practices

Join a broad network of professionals

Earn 10 ECTS

Learn from world-class experts

Work on real-case scenarios

Earn a professional certificate

Accelerate your career

Discover “how-to” through best practices

Join a broad network of professionals

Earn 10 ECTS

TOPICS OF THE CSR SCHOOL

Day 1 (05/11):
Setting the Frame

Corporate sustainability and responsibility in the post-pandemic business environment; Introducing sustainability and responsibility in business models and the emergence of new business models

Day 2 (10/11):
Ethical Leadership

Sustainability- and responsibility-centered leadership models under high macro-uncertainty

Day 3 (12/11):
Sustainable Value Creation

The corporate roadmap towards sustainable and shared value

Day 4 (17/11):
Responsible Governance

Introducing sustainability- and responsibility-related issues within corporate governance structures

Day 5 (19/11):
Sustainable Supply Chains

The EC’s report suggesting that the due diligence concept in the supply chain might be included as mandatory in the new NFR-D

Day 6 (24/11):
Environment

Business and stakeholders’ adaptation to climate change; Natural capital and reengineering towards sustainability

Day 7 (26/11):
Circularity

Exploiting and managing the business case of the circular economy

Day 8 (01/12):
Employees

Human capital management as a strategic sustainability and responsibility priority under high macro-uncertainty

Day 9 (03/12):
Finance & Banking

Linking sustainable finance and responsible banking with corporate operations and development

Day 10 (08/12):
Non-Financial Reporting

Combining and reporting financial and non-financial information for an overall valuation of a business to stakeholders

Day 11 (10/12):
Capital Markets

Valuating corporate responsibility and sustainability in capital markets

Day 12 (15/12):
Partnerships

Accelerating synergies [PPP] towards transformational changes towards the SDGs; making business unusual as the new business as-usual

LECTURES OF THE CSR SCHOOL

Contents of the lecture

  • Key concepts of Positive Psychology
  • Research findings in Positive Psychology
  • Strategies & Practices that foster sustainability, resilience and well being in organizations and in the community
  • Positivity, meaning making and well being
  • Participants will:

  • Be able to identify, define and describe the core concepts of Positive Psychology
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between resilience and positivity
  • Be able to apply methods, interventions and techniques that foster positivity and resilience
  • Make connections between positive emotions, resilience and sustainability
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  • Current dimensions of globalization: Threats and opportunities.
  • What is the recent impact of globalization on environmental and societal sustainability.
  • What is the impact of current environmental and societal sustainability issues on economic growth.
  • Prioritization of public policies.
  • Coordination of public policies, e.g. environmental and/or industrial policies in accordance with health policies.
  • How can we avoid domino effects on the international economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • How can we make an opportunity out of the current crisis.
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    Contents of the lecture
    Organizational tasks, roles, and responsibility. To perform a role responsibly is to address the question ‘what is it for?’ The teleological structure of activities. The implicit nature of the ethical demand and how it is discharged. Responsible action implies good judgment. The constituents of good judgment: character, emotions, and practical wisdom.

    Participants will:

    • appreciate the importance of responsibility across all tasks
    • develop their ability to frame problems, choices, and weigh what is at stake in particular contexts enhance your self-knowledge
    • sharpen their perceptual skills to recognize what is important
    • refine their judgement and sharpen their practical wisdom
    • develop complex capacity to handle ambiguity and complexity in challenging situations in organisations.
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    Contents of the lecture

    • Introduction: Business as usual
    • The business case of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Strategic corporate responsibility and shared value towards SDGs
    • Identifying material issues for a strategic corporate responsibility agenda
    • Contents addressed for each material issue
    • From sustainable and shared value to responsible and sustainable business through sustainable competitive advantages

    Learning objectives

    • Highlighting the business opportunities and benefits of sustainable development
    • Presenting the roadmap and the steps towards the development of a business responsibility action plan
    • Presenting the structure of a business responsibility action plan and its link to administrative practices
    • Demonstrate how business responsibility enhances corporate competitiveness

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    Contents of the lecture

  • Corporate Governance (CG): Definitions, Issues and Challenges
  • BoD: Theoretical Foundations, Roles & Responsibilities, Structure and Outcomes
  • BoD, Diversity and Decision Making
  • Learning objectives - After the completion of the module, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the importance, the challenges and context under which boards operate
  • Be aware of the main issues of Board Configuration and its main functions
  • Critically reflect on the issues of Diversity (demographic and cognitive) in relation to decision making and outcomes (financial and non-financial)
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  • ESG and the BoD
  • Dealing with Sustainability at Board level
  • Corporate Governance and Reporting
  • Learning objectives- After the completion of the module, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between Corporate Ethics, Corporate Governance and Sustainability
  • Understand the importance of ESG criteria
  • Understand the importance of dealing with Sustainability at the Board level
  • Be aware of the Corporate Governance requirements by the major reporting standards (GRI, SASB, IR)
  • Explain how ESG criteria can be linked with assessing performance
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    Contents of the lecture

  • From CSR to true sustainability
  • Defining sustainable supply chain management
  • Sustainability context: the urgency of addressing ecological and social challenges
  • The importance of supply chain relationships for sustainability
  • Governance and regulation of sustainability in supply chains
  • Learning Objectives - Through this webinar participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of sustainability from both an ecological and social perspective
  • Explore the link between sustainability and supply chain management through theory and practical examples
  • Surface the key issues and debates related to sustainable supply chain management
  • Advance their knowledge of relevant regulatory and voluntary approaches towards sustainability in supply chains
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    Learning Objectives

  • Climate change related risks’ against business continuity (emphasis on the most affected countries and industries).
  • Consumers’ responsibility and raising awareness for climate change.
  • Organizational changes and reengineering towards sustainability.
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production concept and its value globally.
  • Making the right choices while prioritizing adaptation options.
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  • What is the role of business in protecting and restoring nature in the coming critical decade? Global trends (Aichi/CBD, EU Directive, EU Taxonomy), post-2020 biodiversity framework, partnerships/coalitions for a common goal to accelerate action on biodiversity for sustainable development
  • What is the position of the cement industry towards biodiversity as a significant component for a sustainable world? The GCCA Sustainability Charter, new Biodiversity Policy, Guidelines for Quarry Rehabilitation and Biodiversity Management
  • The Titan Group approach to biodiversity and land stewardship: Integration of biodiversity in corporate sustainability agenda and policies; risk assessment, development and implementation of management system, targets, monitoring and reporting. TITAN is present in the CSR Europe Network (‘Biodiversity & Industry platform’), and in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development  (two projects: ‘Nature Action’, and ‘We Value Nature’)
  • Biodiversity management in practice: historical review of Titan experience with land stewardship, quarry rehabilitation and biodiversity management; best practices and case studies; challenges (sustain the operating license), obstacles (technical, legislative constraints), risks and opportunities.
  • Future outlook: new Titan sustainability targets post-2020, continue with partnerships, Titan’s contribution in global actions and goals for biodiversity (SDGs, CBD etc.), adopting the SASB Standards and KPIs under the SASB Materiality Map Approach.
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    Contents of the Lecture

    • The background of Circular Economy.
    • Development of Circular Economy strategies.
    • Barriers related with the establishment of any waste strategy.
    • The evolution of the wastes’ volume.
    • Green entrepreneurship and SMEs.
    • Consumers’ willingness to pay for responsible products.
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    Contents of the lecture

  • Sustainability in troubled times
  • Epson – vision and technologies
  • SDGs as a compass for the business
  • Social responsible manufacturing
  • Digital circular economy
  • The cradle to cradle story of Epson PaperLab
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    Contents of the lecture

  • How technology change disrupts management
  • Disruptive threats & Opportunities for leaders
  • Building adaptive and ambidextrous organizational forms
  • Responsible leadership
  • Participants will:

  • Clarify the indirect path by which technological change upends long-held management practices
  • Understand the urgency, magnitude, and consequences of disruptive threats with examples from different industries
  • Learn the principles of adaptive and responsible leadership and management which have become imperative for business survival and sustainability
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  • How technology change disrupts management
  • Disruptive threats & Opportunities for leaders
  • Building adaptive and ambidextrous organizational forms
  • Responsible leadership
  • Participants will:

  • Clarify the indirect path by which technological change upends long-held management practices
  • Understand the urgency, magnitude, and consequences of disruptive threats with examples from different industries
  • Learn the principles of adaptive and responsible leadership and management which have become imperative for business survival and sustainability
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    Contents of the session
    Sharing our story @ OTEGroup of how we managed to adjust to this abrupt disruption, with 80% of our employees in home office in just a few days, whilst at the same time providing telecom services to the whole country.

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    Contents of the lecture

  • Sustainability and access to capital: Growth in sustainable, responsible or impact investments; Sustainability and cost of equity capital, access to finance, borrowing terms; Investor reactions to mandated sustainability reporting in the EU.
  • Sustainability and capital market intermediaries: Financial analysts; Creditors; Auditors.
  • Financial Materiality of ESG: Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB); Evaluation of ESG by rating agencies & data providers; Preventing greenwashing and signaling ESG commitments; The business case of ESG communication.
  • Learning Objectives

  • How investments in sustainability improve firms’ access to capital.
  • Information intermediaries take ESG into account in their investment recommendations.
  • Effective communication to the allocators of capital within an organization.
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  • Mobilization from stock exchanges through the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE) to drive ESG transparency and performance in local capital markets.
  • The growing importance of ESG in capital markets – global trends and practices.
  • The Athens Stock Exchange ESG Reporting Guide as a tool to drive disclosure among listed companies.
  • Key challenges that persist on the ESG front.
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    Contents of the lectureAn introduction to standards and methodologies for measuring and reporting Corporate Social Performance/ESG (i.e., GRI, SASB, IIRC), third-party rating systems (B labs, MSCI, Thomson/Refinitiv, Truvalue Labs) and the latest academic findings on Corporate Social Performance/ESG reporting. We will also demonstrate the Truvalue Labs™ platform. Truvalue Labs™ is an awarded Fintech that applies Artificial Intelligence to massive volumes of unstructured data and scores firms on ESG behavior that has a material impact on company value. Finally students will play the Financial Times Trade-off game and will discuss the Danone (Integrated Report) case study.

    Participants will:

  • Describe the emerging third-party industry that rates firms’ Corporate Social Performance (CSP), and its role in rendering firms accountable for their social and environmental impact
  • Review prominent CSP measurement and reporting schemes and key players promoting them
  • Analyze how artificial intelligence facilitates CSP measurement and real-time firm accountability using behavioral data
  • Identify the challenges in choosing and implementing a CSP measuring and reporting system
  • Understand that in the domain of CSP, actions speak much louder than words; social impact reports should tell and not sell CSP and in turn not brag about (any measured) CSP leadership
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  • Company data
  • CSR department in Interamerican and how it is structured
  • The need of reporting
  • The actual reporting process
  • COVID actions during the reporting period
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  • The nuanced relationship between capital markets and CSR
  • What capital markets like most from CSR?
  • The recent shift in logics through the lenses of market mediators
  • Have bond and equity markets different approach to CSR?
  • Participants will:

  • Understand how financial markets view corporate responsibility & sustainability
  • Critically reflect on the emergence of corporate responsibility
  • Discuss the outcomes that different corporate responsibility actions may have on the firm’s cost of capital
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  • Why Innovative Strategic Partnerships? How to Navigate What’s Next: from Systems Change and Collective Impact to COVID and Post-COVID reality
  • How to align private sector interest with public sector priorities?
  • Partnerships that go beyond the traditional models of public-private partnerships; for example, partnerships with Competitors; Development
  • organizations; Donor agencies; Foundations; and NGOs
  • Innovative partnerships and finance: How to move from “billions” to “trillions” in investments for financing the SDGs?
  • Strategic Collective Action: From project based to Long-term Initiatives
  • The Challenge of Implementation and Leadership
  • Learning objectives

  • The participant will develop the capacity to integrate knowledge and to analyze, evaluate, and manage the different aspects of innovative strategic partnerships at an organizational, local, and global level. Based on the case studies analysis, the participants will be able to identify implementation and leadership challenges, evaluate problem-solving strategies, and develop science-based solutions.
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    The discussion of the LAB, a case study for the development of an innovative private – public partnership in Kosovo to address poverty, youth unemployment, as well as corporate social responsibility and  accountability at local level was officially launched in 2014.

    As it continues to evolve creating value for local stakeholders the LAB offers evidence to discuss and further analyze:

  • What is a private-public partnership and how does it work?
  • Why do we need PPPs to address social issues and enable transformation?
  • How does THE LAB work?
  • What are the results from THE LAB so far?
  • How can we scale up, transfer know how and experience and increase the impact of our actions?
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    Who's Teaching

    Tutors of the CSR School

    Dr. Álvaro Santos Pereira

    Dr. Álvaro Santos Pereira

    Director of the OECD Economics Department

    Dr. Anne Touboulic

    Dr. Anne Touboulic

    Associate Professor in Sustainable Supply Chain Management at Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham

    Dr. Djordjija Petkoski

    Dr. Djordjija Petkoski

    Lecturer and Senior Fellow, Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Constantine Manasakis

    Dr. Constantine Manasakis

    Assistant Professor, University of Crete

    Dr. Pavlos A. Vlachos

    Dr. Pavlos A. Vlachos

    Associate Professor, ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

    Dr. Dimitrios Koufopoulos

    Dr. Dimitrios Koufopoulos

    Director of the Online Global MBA Programmes, University of London

    Dr. Jody Grewal

    Dr. Jody Grewal

    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

    Dr. Alexandros Antonaras

    Dr. Alexandros Antonaras

    Associate Professor and Vice President of Student Services, University of Nicosia

    Dr. Olga Epitropaki

    Dr. Olga Epitropaki

    Professor and Director of Research of the Management & Marketing Department, Durham University Business School

    Dr. Haridimos Tsoukas

    Dr. Haridimos Tsoukas

    The Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management, University of Cyprus

    Dr. Antonis Zorpas

    Dr. Antonis Zorpas

    Assistant Professor, Open University of Cyprus

    Dr. Michael Scoullos

    Dr. Michael Scoullos

    Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry, University of Athens

    Dr. Panagiotis Avramidis

    Dr. Panagiotis Avramidis

    Associate Professor, ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

    Dr. Anastasios Stalikas

    Dr. Anastasios Stalikas

    Professor of Psychology, Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences

    Dr. Nikos Mylonopoulos

    Dr. Nikos Mylonopoulos

    Associate Professor of Digital Business, ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College in Greece

    Practitioners of the CSR School

    Mrs. Maria Alexiou

    Mrs. Maria Alexiou

    Chair BoD, CSRHELLAS; BoD member, CSR Europe; ESG Senior Advisor, TITAN Cement Group

    Mr. Dimitris Papastergiou

    Mr. Dimitris Papastergiou

    Mayor of Trikala, President of Greek Union of Municipalities

    Mr. Henning Olsson

    Mr. Henning Olsson

    Director Sustainabilty Epson Europe / Managing Director Epson Deutschland GmbH

    Mr. Hakan Lucius

    Mr. Hakan Lucius

    Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society Division, European Investment Bank

    Mr. Nathan Gilbert

    Mr. Nathan Gilbert

    Executive Director, B Lab Europe

    Ms. Stavroula Aggelopoulou

    Ms. Stavroula Aggelopoulou

    Corporate Responsibility Deputy Director, OTE Group

    Mr. Anagnosti John Choukala

    Mr. Anagnosti John Choukala

    Head of Sustainability and Global Brand Ambassador, APIVITA S.A.

    Dr. Polydefkis Loukopoulos

    Dr. Polydefkis Loukopoulos

    Chairman and Managing Director, Signify Hellas S.A.

    Dr. Nickolas Angelopoulos

    Dr. Nickolas Angelopoulos

    Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist & Public Affairs, INTERAMERICAN S.A.

    Mr. Kostis Dragasakis

    Mr. Kostis Dragasakis

    Group Quarries & Raw Materials Technology Manager at TITAN Cement Company S.A.

    Ms. Katerina Katsouli

    Ms. Katerina Katsouli

    ESG & Sustainability Director of Grant Thornton Greece

    Mr. Sotiris Pastras

    Mr. Sotiris Pastras

    Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, APIVITA S.A.

    Ms. Tania Bizoumi

    Ms. Tania Bizoumi

    Program Manager & Sustainable Finance Consultant, Athens Stock Exchange

    Moderators of the CSR School

    Mr. Alexandros Kostopoulos

    Mr. Alexandros Kostopoulos

    Business Development Manager, CSR HELLAS; BoD Member, CSR Europe

    Sponsors of the CSR School

    Registration Fees

    CSR HELLAS members, CSR Europe members & NPOs members

    800

    Regular registration (VAT 24% is not included)

    • Two professionals 700 euros
    • Three or more professionals 600 euros

    non-CSR HELLAS members

    1000

    Regular registration (VAT 24% is not included)

    • Two professionals 900 euros
    • Three or more professionals 800 euros

    Postgraduate students & NGO members

    700

    Regular registration

    • For postgraduate students
    • (Master or PhD)

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