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4-day Intensive Courses

Type

4-day Intensive Courses

Subject areas

Environmental Management and Climate Change
Value Chain Risk Management
Community Investment and Development
Human Resource Management, Diversity and Inclusion
Business Strategy and Social Responsibility
Corporate Governance, Fair Operating Practices and Government Relations
Development, Poverty Alleviation and Social Business
Business and Human Rights

Location

AIT Campus, Bangkok, Thailand
Courses are offered in partnership with the Asian Institute of Technology

Designed to meet the needs of professionals who seek high-level competencies to manage the challenge of operatingcorporate social responsibly in a competitive business environment, these courses aim to build capacity in the private sector to manage the global sustainability challenges of Asia and the Pacific.
Offering a strategic and unique perspective, the courses have been developed by CSR Asia and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The Courses are certified by CSR Asia and AIT, one of the 19 United Nations University associated institutions and member of the Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), an alliance of companies, business schools and other institutions committed to promoting sustainable business practices through partnership, learning and research.


Course details

The courses comprise a combination of recognised experts from CSR Asia, AIT lecturers and distinguished guest speakers from industriesand international organisations. The courses are designed such that participants will broaden their critical understanding of sustainability challenges. Participants will also be encouraged to share their own professional experiences with their peers.

Each Course is four days long, taught over a weekend. Work starts at 9am and includes evening classes.  Most courses are delivered in at the AIT Campus, North of Bangkok, where participants will also be provided with all meals.

Course sizes will be kept to a small number of participants of between 12 and 20 participants to ensure maximum involvement and high quality learning based on executive-style education.


Course Schedule

Click on the course title to see the course syllabus:

 
2014
2015

Environmental Management and Climate Change

 

TBA

Value Chain Risk Management

 

TBA

Community Investment and Development

 

TBA

Human Resource Management, Diversity and Inclusion

 

TBA

Corporate Governance, Fair Operating Practices and Government Relations

30 – 31 May

TBA

Development, Poverty Alleviation and Social Business

 

TBA

Business and Human Rights

14 – 17 Mar

TBA

Business Strategy and Social Responsibility

25 – 28 Apr

TBA

Environmental Management and Climate Change
This Course focuses on business contributions to mitigating and adapting to climate change as well as approaches to developing comprehensive climate change strategies. The course offers an overview of contemporary environmental challenges and business-related tools, management systems and life-cycle based approaches for reducing operational impacts on the environment. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of the emerging issues and professional skills to plan environmental management strategies for their own organisations.

Value Chain Risk Management
The Asia-Pacific region has become the manufacturing centre of the world economy with extensive value chain linkages to companies around the globe. This Course will demonstrate how the application of core labour and human rights standards can boost product responsibility and reduce supply chain risks such as those commonly associated with the ubiquitous ‘sweatshop’. Participants will develop the skills to understand key value chain risks and develop strategies to effectively manage them.

Community Investment and Development         
Companies are increasingly expected to engage communities and ensure that their interests are taken into account. This Course stresses the need for a strategic approach to community investment, with an emphasis on measuring impacts and addressing community concerns through stakeholder engagement. Participants will gain in-depth insights on the role and opportunities of the private sector in contributing to development and skills to strategically plan effective approaches to community investment.

Human Resource Management, Diversity and Inclusion
Good employment practices are at the heart of CSR. Internal aspects of CSR mean linking effective strategies to good human resource management and involving staff in CSR activities as a way to attract, motivate and retain staff. This Course will place particular emphasis on issues such as non-discrimination, equal opportunities and strategies for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Participants will gain professional competencies for involving employees in CSR initiatives and embedding CSR into human resource management practices.

Corporate Governance, Fair Operating Practices and Government Relations
Good corporate governance is a necessary cornerstone of corporate social responsibility. This Course examines key corporate governance challenges in the Asia-Pacific region including challenges associated with bribery and corruption. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the importance of governance in underpinning CSR, key elements of good corporate governance, links to stakeholder engagement, and approaches to effective anti-corruption strategies.

Business Strategy and Social Responsibility
This Course will concentrate on strategies to demonstrate how CSR can be an agent for change. The course additionally examines available frameworks, standards and guidelines including ISO 26000 and the Global Reporting Initiative. The lectures and interactive sessions will provide participants with professional competencies to develop meaningful CSR strategies and enhance business reputation, brand and trust through a strategic approach to sustainability and CSR. Participants will also gain skills to manage a sustainability reporting process and develop comprehensive stakeholder communications as a valuable tool in responding to increasingly sophisticated stakeholder scrutiny.

Development, Poverty Alleviation and Social Business
This Course examines the contributions that businesses can make to sustainable development with a particular emphasis on poverty alleviation. The Course also looks into innovative business practices associated with social enterprises, micro-finance, inclusive growth, and the role business can play in community led approaches to poverty reduction. Participants will gain a better understanding of the potential of the private sector to engage in development and poverty alleviation and learn about a variety of business tools for pro-poor development.

Business and Human Rights
A number of intergovernmental instruments and codes stress the need for the private sector to engage with human rights within their own operations and their sphere of influence. This Course concentrates on a range of human rights issues, complicity risks and ways in which businesses can approach them. Case studies will be used to explore the role of the private sector in the protection of human rights and will be equipped with practical tools for implementation.


Course assignment

The assessment for the course is voluntarily and it is made up of a case-based report of a business well-known by the participants and a “take-away examination” comprising short answer questions and course reflections. There will pre-Course readings and work required ahead of the Course which will take approximately one day while post-Course course work will likely take 4-5 days to complete.
When compiled together, the eight assignments should constitute a comprehensive strategic document ready for organisational deployment.


Instructors

Each course comprises a combination of CSR Asia senior practitioners, AIT lectures and distinguished guest speakers from various sectors and international organizations, including:

CSR Asia senior experts

AIT
  • Faiz Shah, Director, YunusCenter at AIT
  • Gabor Louis Hornyak, Director, Center for Learning, Innovation and Quality (CLIQ) AIT
  • Sandro Calvani, Director ASEAN Centre of Excellence on U.N. Millennium Development Goals
  • Sundar Venkatesh, Advisor to the Director, AIT Extension

Guest speakers

  • Companies: Nestle’, Maersk, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, PPT, Siam City Cement Group, Schneider Electric, Standard Chartered Bank, Dow chemicalInternational organizations:
  • International Labour Organization, United Nations Environmental Program, German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ, Ministry Foreign Affairs Denmark, Oxfam, Netherlands Development Organisation SNV, National Commission of Human Rights of Thailand

Certification

All participants of the Courses of the Professional Master’s will receive a certificate of attendance from the CSR Asia and the Asian Institute of Technology AIT.

AIT’s strengths in the environment, development, technology and management along with CSR Asia’s specific knowledge and skills set around CSR provide for a synergy that can help promote CSR and develop the capacity for the private sector to contribute to a sustainable development agenda.


Level and Eligibility criteria

The Courses are intended for experienced professionals with CSR relevant experience, CSR managers (or those who aspire to be) and would suit those working on sustainability issues in the private sector, in government and civil society organisations.

Applicants are normally expected to have an undergraduate Degree or equivalent or have at least 10 years of relevant experience.

Given the Asian focus of the Courses, applications are strongly encouraged from interested professionals of all nationalities and backgrounds.


Cost

Courses cost 54,000 Thai Baht (THB)  (1,700 USD approximately) and includes all meals.
Strategic Partners are now entitled to a 20% discount and may also choose to use their annual training pass to secure a 50% discount on one of these 4-day courses.

Currently there are no scholarship available.


Logistics

The classes are held at the AIT Conference Center located 40 km (25 miles) north of Bangkok, Thailand. Participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. The CSR Asia Center at AIT offers a booking service.
The CSR Asia Center at AIT can provide a letter of invitation to participants.


Application

Please indicate which course(s) you would like to apply for and submit a resume, a motivation letter and your billing address to csrcernter@ait.asia. The CSR Asia Center at AIT will inform applicants of admissions decisions within five working days.


Reflections on the Courses

“For professionals working in the field of CSR this is a practical and a must-do course.  The Courses are crafted to provide ready-to-use frameworks and relevant guidance best suited for business needs. Class interactions with participants from diverse backgrounds and nationalitiesis stimulating and provides an enriching experience.” Kanika Pal, CSR Manager, Apollo Tyres Ldt, India

“CSR Asia’s PMCSR program provides the necessary knowledge, tools and experience to boost my CSR management skills. All in all, the program was a fantastic learning experience and I can highly recommend the ambitious program to everybody who wants to become a professional in CSR. The relevance of Courses, high quality of instructors and unique personal touch contributed substantially to my professional and personal development”. Miriam Zieger, Coordination Manager, Hermes-OTTO International, Hong Kong

“I think it's a wonderful program helping me to prepare academically and professionally to become CSR professional. Experienced CSR professionals and classmates help me to understand the practical implementation of CSR. It makes you think about the future of corporations from a range of perspectives and provides me with skills for my working environment.”Gumbin Hwang, Assistant Manager, CSR Team, Ilsung Construction Corporation, South Korea

“This program is like CSR itself: a journey rather than a destination. It is exciting and adventurous. Along the way I am challenged by and gain valuable knowledge from dedicated and passionate lecturers, interesting guest speakers and fellow participants from all over the world. I totally love the experience!” Anneke Magendans, CSR consultant, Thailand

“I look forward to attending each course not only because of the practical knowledge I know I will gain but also for the thought provoking discussions with my classmates who bring such a wide range of views from their professional experiences from all over Asia.” Ruth Morrison, Community Development Manager for KGV School, Hong Kong

 

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