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Charged with delivering value for both business and society, today's companies must manage a broad array of activities and goals. By creating a coherent corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy that aligns social and environmental efforts with the business purpose and values of your company and takes into account the societal context in which you operate you can maximize positive social, environmental, and economic outcomes. In this intensive program, you'll improve your ability to create and evolve a high-impact CSR strategy, build a strong foundation for delivering results, and contribute more fully to your company's success.
Engaged in a dynamic exchange with expert faculty and peers from around the world, you will learn how to coordinate your CSR efforts to deliver greater benefit to society and the business. You will gain insight into how to evaluate your current CSR approach, design and execute a focused strategy, integrate CSR efforts across your organization, garner support for your CSR initiatives, and measure the impact of your activities and programs.
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Through faculty presentations, small group discussions, real-world exercises, and recent case studies, you will examine the practical ways large companies have created business and social value through their CSR strategies. Along the way, you will acquire frameworks and tools to help you identify and articulate the value delivered by your CSR efforts.
The program is specifically designed for senior executives who direct corporate social responsibility programs or oversee related departments such as public affairs, philanthropy, sustainability, environmental health and safety, or community affairs. Senior officers with profit-and-loss responsibilities will also benefit. In addition, a limited number of senior executives from established nonprofit organizations who work closely with corporate executives on large-scale strategic CSR partnerships will be considered for admission.
The Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. Grounded in the mission of Harvard Business School, this initiative aims to inspire, educate, and support leaders who make a difference in the world.
Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.
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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.
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