MB 530 (SF) - Ethical, Social and Environmental Responsibility
Through the lens of a systems framework this course examines the moral considerations of ethical, social and environmental responsibility. The course explores the ethical and emerging social and environmental pressures and regulations on business enterprises/corporations to develop and execute ethical and responsible policies and practices. Balancing local and global perspectives, students will utilize a variety of theories and models for ethics, moral development and living systems to evaluate the range of potential strategic responses and their consequences. In considering the moral dimensions of “responsibility,” students will work to advance their understanding of these challenges and the role of leaders within their organizations and beyond, into their communities and the rest of the world.
This is a Sustainability-Focused (SF) course.
Interactivity: Weekly graded discussions, reflection journals
Final Assessment: Final Paper
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Develop a theoretical and historical framework for understanding the role of businesses and their employees in corporate and social responsibility.
- Understand how businesses shape the communities in which they operate by forming partnerships responsive to the communities’ needs.
- Recognize both the tensions that can exist between business and environmental decisions, and the opportunities for eco-friendly businesses.
- Understand that corporate responsibility’s best testing ground can be internal, where small changes to work culture and philosophy may have reverberations outside of the company walls.
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