Beyond CSR: Leadership for Social Innovation

Online: June 1 18, 2017
Geneva: June 19 – 23, 2017

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The Executive Summer Course: Beyond CSR. Leadership for Social Innovation addresses professionals from private companies, NGOs, international organisations and the public sector who would like to:

  • Understand the major aspects of CSR and how it contributes to institutions meeting global sustainability challenges and opportunities;
  • Enhance their leadership skills to become innovative responsible leaders;
  • Boost their company value.

Learn how to integrate CSR at the core of your organisation through a dynamic and interactive course combining lectures, group exercises, case studies and exchange with peers. Take advantage of the exclusive international networking opportunities Geneva has to offer in the sustainability area.


Managers in charge of CSR activities, CEOs, board members, consultants and executives in private companies, NGOs, international and public institutions.


The Executive Summer Course: Beyond CSR. Leadership for Social Innovation is organised around a self-paced introductory online module followed by a 5-day intensive classroom session in Geneva.

June 1-18, 2017 – Online self-paced introductory module
This online session introduces CSR concepts, including definitions, historical developments and future trends, rationale for engaging into CSR, voluntary vs compulsory CSR including a review of international initiatives (UNGC, Ruggie principles), Country Initiatives and private initiatives (industry frameworks, GRI, ISO, standards…). Through a mix of readings, videos and interactive forums, participants will learn or refresh their knowledge on what CSR is and the major issues it addresses.

June 19-23, 2017 – Intensive face-to-face session in Geneva

Detailed programme
Monday June 19, 2017 – Discussing CSR and Sustainable Development
What is CSR? Where is it heading? How do you understand CSR in your own cultural context? Share your views and experience on CSR with peers in an interactive morning introductory session facilitated by The Lego® Serious Play® Method.
Meet Geneva CSR and Sustainability professionals in the afternoon.
Dr Catherine Ferrier, Senior Research Associate and Programme Director, University of Geneva
Ms Cathy Coïc, Solution Energizer, Let’s Share Please, Geneva (tbc)
Guest Speakers from the Geneva CSR network

Tuesday June 20, 2017 – Global Issues and Challenges
Learn about the global challenges organisations are facing, for instance: climate change challenges after COP 21, human rights, labour-related issues in the supply chains. Meet experts from UN, NGOs and think tanks based in Geneva.
Various guest speakers from Geneva-based UN, NGOs and think tanks.
Evening: Welcome Dinner

Wednesday June 21, 2017 – Scenarios and Visioning: Tools, Tricks and Techniques for Advancing a Business and Sustainability Strategy
This session provides an introduction and overview to visioning and scenario planning, two innovative approaches companies use to grapple with business and society challenges.  It will look at how can companies be better equipped to anticipate, manage and solve problems while honing their competitive edge; when is one approach to futuring-casting more appropriate than another; what are some of the key content and process features of successful scenario and visioning exercises.
Ms Margaret Flaherty, Business School Lausanne

Thursday June 22, 2017 – Beyond CSR: Social Innovation
The need for change is what distinguishes leadership from management. The need for sustainability distinguishes good leaders from bad. How can good leaders create rapid and significant change for sustainability? This session focuses on being a values inspired leader.
Mr Jacob Mayne, Managing Partner, New Angles, Paris
Evening: CSR Geneva Summer Drinks. Meet and interact with the Geneva-based CSR community.

Friday June 23, 2017 – Change Management and Leadership
This session will tackle the challenge of “Social Innovation in a Digital World” as a new approach of cross-sectorial collaboration in order to achieve business and societal benefits.
Dr Thomas Osburg, Assoc. Prof. Fresenius Business School and Director, CircularKnowledge Institute, Munich


Diploma awarded
A Certificate of Attendance will be delivered by the University of Geneva to participants attending the Executive Summer Course. Participants who successfully complete the required examinations will receive a Certificate of Completion that represents 6 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

The Executive Summer Course: Beyond CSR. Leadership for Social Innovation is taught in English.

Admission requirements
A recognised University degree or equivalent, or significant professional experience.

CHF 3,700.- for the complete programme
Early bird: CHF 3,370.- for applications received by 1 March 2017
CHF 750.- for single day(s) attendance (register at least two weeks before)

The fees include a welcome cocktail, coffee breaks, lunches and a farewell dinner. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses.

For Geneva taxpayers, a “Chèque-Formation Emploi” of up to 2,250.- CHF can be obtained under certain conditions. For more detailed information, please contact:

Registration deadline
Early Bird registration deadline: 1 March 2017
Regular registration deadline: 15 May 2017

The Executive Summer Course: Beyond CSR. Leadership for Social Innovation will open with a minimum number of 10 participants. All registered participants will be informed about the go/no go decision around April 20, 2017.

Cancellation conditions
Any withdrawal after registration confirmation has been received and before the start of the programme will incur an administration fee of CHF 450.-.
The FULL fee is due if the cancellation occurs after May 31st, 2017.

Registration and contact
To register, please download and fill in the registration form. Return it by email along with the following documents:

  • Copy of your CV
  • 150 word bio sketch
  • Copies of your qualifications
  • Copy of your identity document
  • Passport or ID card photo in jpg format
  • Covering letter explaining your motivation and your expectations.

CSR / GSEM Executive, Geneva School of Economics and Management
Leticia Saura
University of Geneva
Bd du Pont d’Arve 40 – CH 1211 Geneva 4
Tél: +41 (0)22 379 95 84