In this course, we will focus on the nexus between businesses, governments and communities. The participants will learn about CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility, SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals, and their associated management strategies. We’ll discuss the importance of accepted international guidelines and policies and how to customise them into a profitable management system for businesses.
This course will also shed light on why businesses endorse sustainable management strategies while recognising the need for public participation and a balance between the three components of sustainability – social, environmental, and economical.
Ortar started his way some 20 years ago in politics, working in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament). In the year 2000, he shifted his career toward environmental issues and was appointed as Greenpeace manager in Israel. Later, Ortar opened his consultancy firm to work with Israel’s largest business corporations to implement social, environmental and governance programs and publish non-financial / sustainability (GRI) reports.
Currently, Ortar is head of the Israeli CSR Institute (CSRI). He is the General Secretary of the Israeli CSR & Business Sustainability Society and a PhD candidate at the Department of Gerontology, University of Haifa. He taught in leading universities in Israel, and he’s lecturing about these topics globally.
A spotlight on the birth and rise of the modern corporation, responsibility as a philosophical term, the history of CSR and theoretical frameworks.
The fundamentals of human rights and their role in the business world, the nature of corporations, and exploring different economic models (cooperatives and social entrepreneurship).
Business motivations for adopting CSR, sustainability, standards & guidelines (such as GRI, SASB, ISO 26000, CDP, GC etc.), and responsible/impact investments.
Non-financial reporting, GRI SRS (sustainability reporting guidelines), materiality, assurance, and current regulatory status of ESG (environmental-social-governance) disclosures.
The history of creating global agendas (MDGs – SDGs), the SDG Compass and the business opportunity behind the Global 2030 Agenda.
An open discussion and feedback from the students regarding the course materials, as well as an in-depth discussion about the final submission assignment.