“The program will enable firms to achieve even higher levels of economic and social performance-positively driving the bottom line while also contributing significantly to the betterment of society.” – HBS Professor V. Kasturi Rangan, Faculty Chair

Developed in response to increasing expectations of consumers, employees, investors, communities, and governments for socially responsible business practices, this Executive Education program provides senior corporate executives with the knowledge, skills, tools, and frameworks to integrate social responsibility as part of their corporate strategy, drive it throughout the organization, and, ultimately, leverage corporate social responsibility for improved business performance.

Through in-depth examination of the dilemmas, challenges, and complexities inherent to existing models, Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategies to Create Business and Firm Value pushes the frontiers of the field and brings to focus the next generation of issues facing practitioners. The comprehensive curriculum is designed around four core topics:

Managing for Social and Firm Values;

Driving Corporate Social Responsibility Throughout the Organization;

Managing Risk and Decision Making; and

Measuring Corporate Social Responsibility Performance.

The Harvard Business School faculty team includes James E. Austin, Marc J. Epstein, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard, and V. Kasturi Rangan-all of whom are distinguished academicians, skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, award-winning authors, and entrepreneurs in their respective fields. Through case analyses, lectures, classroom exercises, small group discussions, and exposure to the latest research, the faculty will help senior executives develop and manage strategic corporate social responsibility initiatives that integrate with their business practices and produce measurable results. The HBS Executive Education learning experience is further enhanced by the exchange of experiences and perspectives among a select group of highly accomplished peers.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategies to Create Business and Social value is designed for senior executives, CEOs, and general managers in a broad range of industries, who are responsible for corporate social responsibility initiatives and organizational strategy. Participants represent a variety of industries, including retail, financial services, and manufacturing, as well as organizations of different sizes with varied structures. Through interactive sessions, key decision-makers examine the costs, benefits, and impact of corporate social responsibility initiatives, as well as the importance of driving strategic corporate social responsibility throughout their organizations. As they explore critical emerging issues, participants will learn to formulate and execute strategic corporate social responsibility initiatives that improve business performance and enhance bottom-line results.

Harvard Business School is the leading provider of advanced learning opportunities that strengthen the leadership capacity of both individuals and their organizations. HBS Executive Education offers a comprehensive portfolio of learning opportunities, including more than 45 open-enrollment programs, and custom executive development programs.