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Corporate Social Responsibility


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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) deals with the impact of organisational activities on society and the environment. Presently, corporate responsibility has become an extremely important factor influencing the development of companies, their profits and brand image. Socially responsible enterprises offer donations and support charitable activities, social actions, as well as degrees related to environmental studies. They also award grants and fellowships, providing support for disaster affected areas and other relief causes.

Universities and business schools offer various Master's degrees, specialisations and executive short courses in the corporate social responsibility. Some MBA (Master of Business Administration) programmes offer CSR concentrations, while other schools hold individual study courses on topics such as responsible management for sustainability, green management, social responsibility management, global market and ethical responsibility, and others.

Degrees in corporate social responsibility generally emphasise a multi-disciplinary approach on social, ethical and environmental issues. They aim to equip students with competencies including business knowledge, understanding of economic factors, as well as communication and leadership skills. Global awareness and risk management abilities are also highly valuable to corporate responsibility professionals.

Professionals in CSR practice in different work environments from non-profit organisations, to corporations to governmental bodies or consultancy firms. Career prospects include: strategic communicator, sustainability consultant, environmental and social risk manager, sustainability commercial director, corporate governance manager, senior ecologist, etc.

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Suggested Masters in Corporate Social Responsibility

M.Sc. Corporate Environmental Management

As a student of the Master's Degree Programme in Corporate Environmental Management at the University of Jyväskylä, you will get know-how in the field of corporate sustainability with a special focus on environmental issues. If you are broadly interested in corporate sustainability and willing to understand the interaction between the company and its environment, this programme is ideal for you.

M.Sc. Creative Business and Social Innovation

The M.Sc. in Creative Business and Social Innovation, offered by EDHEC Business School, will prepare you for an international career in the creative economy; managing enterprises in the arts, culture, technology or humanitarian sectors. You will learn to ask the right questions, see the bigger picture and develop a better understanding of complexity and globalisation. 

M.A. International Humanitarian Action

The Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action delivered by Uppsala University is a multidisciplinary and inter-university programme that provides high-quality academic education and professional competences for a career in humanitarian action, emergency and disaster relief, and development at both national and international levels.

M.A./PhD Community Care (Research)

The Community Care (Research) programme offered by the University of Kent improves employability prospects for both those with established careers and new entrants to the field.

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