Sustainable Business and Social Responsibility Course Development

Launched in 2010, the Sustainable Business and Social Responsibility Course Development project has delivered a useful and practical framework for the development of course materials and case studies in its respective fields. A key element of the initiative was the development of educational materials for both short courses and degree programmes in sustainable business and social responsibility. Aligning course materials closely with the United Nations Global Compact – a strategic policy initiative of the United Nations for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption – was also a major part of the partners’ work on the project.

Throughout the three-year project a large body of course material was and will continue to be generated and refined. Among its significant outputs were:

  1. the development of new courses related to sustainability that also helped in launching stand-alone sustainability-focused degree programmes in business schools;
  2. a collection of case studies on CSR and social businesses;
  3. an exploration on the integration of sustainability in business curricula in the Asia-Pacific region;
  4. the development of a new set of courses/training materials and case studies, available for teaching as stand-alone courses or for integration into other sustainability-related courses in business education; and
  5. the development of specific materials covering the contemporary challenges of sustainable development, such as climate change and biodiversity strategies for the private sector.

The Asian Insitute of Technology (AIT) led this project in collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and Yonsei University. Shinshu University participated during the first year of the project.