Corporate social responsibility and ethics

The subject of corporate social responsibility (CSR) resonates throughout today’s business community. Get a sense of recent CSR developments, the important impact they have on business and the role of the accounting profession in CSR.

Event Details

Location and date:
Online On-Demand Event

Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics helps you discover the topical issues that define CSR and examine the role ethics play in issues affecting business leaders and organizations today.

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4 CPD hour(s)
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You will learn about:

  • what it means to be a good corporate citizen
  • the fluidity of corporate governance
  • the investment community’s role in enhancing CSR
  • regulations and sustainability reporting
  • the importance of whistleblowers in organizations
  • the role of various parties in corporate governance including:
    • the accounting profession
    • board of directors
    • senior management
    • internal auditors
    • independent accounting and assurance firms

Topics include:

  • major corporate governance issues
  • how CSR can enhance corporate strategy and vision
  • the growing field of environmental accounting and reporting
  • the leadership role of the accounting profession in environmental reporting
  • opportunities for more comprehensive measurement systems for human impact on the environment

Who should attend?

  • corporate stakeholders
  • accounting professionals
  • internal auditors
  • directors
  • senior management
  • investors
  • business leaders

More Details:

Session Descriptions

Module 1: Introduction to ethics in the twenty-first century
• What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?
• Why is CSR a key corporate issue?
• Interrelationship of environmental, social responsibility, and corporate governance policies/practices
• The need for consistency in global reporting standards
• How CSR can enhance corporate strategy and vision
• CSR is not mutually exclusive of financial profit
• What does it mean to be a good corporate citizen?
• Further optional reading

Module 2: Social responsibility
• How has social responsibility evolved over time
• Products and services — down the supply chain
• Human rights issues
• Issues related to sustainability
• Relationships between the corporation and its stakeholders
• Reputational and other risks
• The investment community’s role in enhancing CSR
• Regulations and sustainability reporting
• Case study: Award-winning companies for sustainability reporting
• Conclusions
• Further optional reading

Module 3: Environmental accounting and responsibility
• The case for measurable statistics and meaningful comparisons
• Formal and proposed measurements
• Industry risks associated with climate change
• Environmental responsibility and corporate stakeholders
• Case Study: Puma’s pro-forma environmental accounting
• Kering’s environmental profit and loss (E P&L) accounting
• Leadership role of the accounting profession
• Good environmental stewardship can reduce corporate costs
• Is pure environmental accounting possible at a national/corporate level?
• Further optional reading

Module 4: Corporate governance
• Why should ethics be first and foremost in the corporate psyche?
• Impact of Enron and WorldCom corporate failures
• Impact of the Great Recession
• The ethical pyramid
• Strong corporate ethical practices
• Whistleblower hotlines
• Ethical leadership and the role of the accounting profession
• Case study: Ethical dilemma
• Role of the board of directors
• Role of senior management regarding the integrity of internal controls
• Rights of stakeholders
• Role of the internal auditor
• Role of independent accounting and assurance firms
• Legal and regulatory compliance
• Fluidity of corporate governance
• Further optional reading


• Appendix A — Key CSR issues to consider
• Appendix B — Recommended implementation framework for CSR system




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