Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced that it will be hosting a program on corporate social responsibility in October. From October 18–21, the HBS Executive Education program will host Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategies to Create Business and Social Value on the school’s Boston campus. The program is designed to help executives refocus corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts in ways that benefit both society and business.

HBS, which boasts an impressive alumni network including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Thierry Porté among many others, cares deeply about the lifelong education of its alumni. Programs like Corporate Social Responsibility are a perfect example of the institution’s dedication to lifelong education.

What is corporate social responsibility?

Are you unfamiliar with the term corporate social responsibility? Sometimes called corporate conscience, corporate citizenship, or responsible business, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a form of self-regulation that is integrated into a corporate business model.

CSR-based policies function as a self-regulatory mechanism that involve a business monitoring itself and ensuring its activate compliance with the law, as well as ethical and international expectations.

CSR is somewhat of a controversial topic in the world of business. Advocates of CSR claim that corporations will see increased long-term success and profit margins by operating under a CSR-based perspective. However, opponents critique that CSR merely serves as a distraction from a business’s economic operations. Regardless, most large corporations today practice CSR to some degree, even if very small.

Program details

  • Date: October 18–21
  • Cost: $8,500. The fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, and most meals.
  • Location: HBS Campus (Boston)
  • Faculty members that will be facilitating the Corporate Social Responsibility program include Faculty Chair V. Kasturi Rangan, Robert G. Eccles, Amy C. Edmondson, Herman B. ‘Dutch’ Leonard, George Serafeim, and Michael W. Toffel.

Looking for more information about Harvard’s upcoming Corporate Social Responsibility program? Learn more by visiting the HBS website.