Lectures

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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    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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    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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    Learning Objectives

  • Current developments and trends in the area of Sustainable Finance.
  • Sustainable finance at the EU level as a supporting mechanism for the objectives of the European Green Deal.
  • Sustainability-related disclosure in the financial services sector.
  • Application of the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities and the EU Green Bond Standard.
  • Identification of business opportunities to issue green bonds and green loans.
  • Ways of implementation of sustainable finance mechanisms to a real-life investment case study.
  • The Principles for Responsible Banking.
  • Banking industry challenges and reengineering for the adaptation to the Principles for Responsible Banking.
  • Adapting business development to the Principles for Responsible Banking.
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    An 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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  • 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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    Topics of the lecture

  • 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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