Since many years the debate on "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR) and "Sustainable Development" (SD) takes centre stage for companies, institutions, consumers, labor unions, and NGOs, which consider corporations as pro-active agents for the pursuit of sustainable development intended as an enhancement of the of social, environmental and economic well-being. Recently, Agenda 2030 promoted 17 goals to achieve globally the Sustainable Development. There is the need to prepare the next generation of managers and entrepreneurs to make the difference, becoming pro-active actors for changement.
The course examines principles, models, and tools concerning business ethics and sustainable development. The contents, refer also to the Agenda 2030 and are proposed through a triple approach that integrates three different perspectives: legal (Prof. Carbone), economic (Prof. De Muro) and managerial (Prof.ssa Renzi). The course aims to promote among the students the awareness about ethical issues and the ability to recognize and adopt sustainable and ethical behaviour in carrying out the managerial practices.


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The course examines principles, models, and tools concerning business ethics, through a triple approach that integrates three different perspectives: economic, managerial and legal.

The Managerial module faces the following topics:

* CSR Framework

* The Agenda 2030 and the 17 goals

* Strategic Management of Stakeholder Relationships

* Business Ethics and Ethical Decision-Making

* Strategic Approaches to Improving Ethical Behavior

* Consumer Relations

* Technology Issues

* Sustainability Issues

* Social Responsibility in a Global Environment

* Sharing Economy e gamification

The juridical module is intended to investigate CSR from a juridical perspective, the evolution of the sources of law and the relationship between social responsibility and legal responsibility.

Overview of the module: - Why CSR is on the Agenda today

- Legal Sources of CSR: International, European and National level

- From CSR to Sustainable development: functions and limitations

- The instruments of CSR: social rules and legal relevance

- Soft law and self-regulation

- The persistent skepticism on CSR: the role of Ethics

- The enforcement

- Environmental concerns as a driver of CSR

- Future perspectives

- Business case: an example of CSR application

The third module focuses on the relation between ethics, economics, and business, both in economic analysis and management. To do so, it makes three simple points. First, economics necessarily involves ethics, and economists and managers cannot engage in economic analysis and decision-making without making value judgments. Second, individuals have ethical values that shape their behaviour and affect what happens in the economy as a result of their interactions. Third, ethical values are involved in evaluating how an economy is doing and in making and appraising business decisions.

The lessons are interactive and will include the theoretical perspective, case studies and project work.

Testi Adottati

Legal module: Business and Society, 6e, A Strategic Approach to Social Responsibility & Ethics by Ferrell, Thorne, Ferrell. Chapters: 4,11. Teaching material provided in class.
Managerial module: Business and Society, 6e, A Strategic Approach to Social Responsibility & Ethics by Ferrell, Thorne, Ferrell. Chapters: 1,2,5,6,8,10,11
Fassin, Y. (2009). The stakeholder model refined. Journal of business ethics.
Economic module: Amitava Krishna Dutt and Charles K. Wilber, Economics and Ethics: An Introduction, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Additional readings:
W. Michael Hoffman, Robert Frederick and Mark S Schwartz, Business ethics: readings and cases about corporate morality, Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley, 2014.
Amartya Sen, On Ethics and Economics, Oxford: Blackwell, 1987

Modalità Erogazione

The course allows students to learn, methods and tools of CSR framework. It provides theoretical insights and analysis of case studies. The course awards 9 credits awarded in 60 hours, of which 20 hours will be dedicated to the managerial module and 20 to the economic module and 20 to the juridical one. To promote integrated and interdisciplinary learning, the course includes both case studies and project work with the aim of: - to enable students to face managerial problems, identifying solutions; - to use economic, managerial and juridical perspective for understanding how to apply CSR; - to deliver concrete experience useful for experimenting with the application of methods and tools to solve problems of real context. The project is organized annually

Modalità Valutazione

The final exam consists of a written test. The mark of the written test can be integrated with the points collected by the student that attend the lectures. Due to the Covid virus emergency, the exam will be an oral examination until the sanitary situation will be solved

Fruizione: 21210105 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY in Economia e Management LM-77 (docente da definire)