Geneva Summer School
Business and Sustainability

June 20 – July 1, 2016

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This two-week University of Geneva Summer School “Business and Sustainability”, offered jointly with the UNCTAD-UNIGE Sustainability Research Centre, provides insights on how the business sector addresses environmental, human rights or sustainable development issues through corporate social responsibility (CSR). It delves into the interactions between governments, international organizations, civil society and businesses through lectures at University of Geneva and site visits at the United Nations Office in Geneva, UN specialised agencies and companies.

Learning objectives

You will get exposure to the latest global challenges in sustainability and how they are addressed by the business sector and the United Nations through a mix of lectures, case studies and site visits.

  • Concepts and definitions of CSR; tools for implementation
  • Global issues and business involvement: environment, human rights, finance, labour, global health
  • Sustainability leadership
  • Site visits to companies and to the United Nations

Course programme



Evaluation and grading will be based on class participation and students’ presentations on the last day of the course. Successful students will be awarded 6 ECTS credits.


Lectures will be given by CSR experts from academia, United Nations specialised agencies and business professionals.

Dr Catherine Ferrier, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva
Dr. Anthony Miller,
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Prof. Lucio Baccaro,
Sciences de la Société (SdS), University of Geneva
Prof. Thomas Straub,
Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva



The Geneva CSR Summer School is fully taught in English.

Target audience

Upper year undergraduates and MA students

Tuition fees

Regular fee: chf 2’300.-
Early Bird fee: chf 1’900.-
4 places for University of Geneva students: chf 250.-
3 partial scholarships: chf 250.-

Applications received before 1 March, 2016 will benefit from the early bird fee.

Partial scholarships do not cover travel, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the course. Priority will be given to participants from developing countries.


Registration for the CSR Geneva Summer School is open until May 1, 2016.
Learn more and apply online here.


For further information, please contact the Geneva Summer School :

Geneva Summer Schools
University of Geneva
International Relations Office
8-10 Passage Daniel Baud Bovy
1205 Genève
Tel: +41 (0)22 379 80 90
E-mail: gss@unige.ch

All the information on the Geneva Summer School 2015 offering is available at https://www.genevasummerschools.ch/.