Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR Certificate Program
May 16 & 17, 2017

Executives and their teams need the skills, network, and increased expertise to achieve community impact goals while delivering value to the organization. The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, in partnership with the Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc., offers a two-day, deep dive into Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the related fields of philanthropy, sustainability, risk management, and ethics. The certificate program will be presented Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Tuesday evening there is a special networking dinner.

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Benefits of the Program:

In this program, participants explore CSR models and best practices that successful companies are using to drive business and social value across the organization and the community. Expect case studies and group work that allow for a high level of engagement and active learning. Network with CSR colleagues, leaders, and independent experts to confer about current views in CSR practice and build a valuable network of thought leaders and funding partners.


Topics include:

  • The Ethics of Corporate Responsibility
  • Industry Specific Metrics and Measurements
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • CSR Trends – Locally, Nationally and Internationally
  • CSR Through the Investor Lens
  • Materiality - Identify & Focus on Strategic ESG Issues
  • Supply Chain Sustainability


Who will Attend:

  • Leaders and Staff of corporate foundations or corporate giving programs
  • Corporate Professionals with responsibilities that include corporate community involvement, corporate citizenship, corporate social responsibility, community relations, employee engagement, volunteer management, public affairs, or corporate communication
  • CSR Teams or departments
  • Individuals interested in transferring into the field

The CSR function can be located in various departments, from philanthropy to corporate sponsorship, sustainability, and sometimes directly in the chairman’s office. Titles for those responsible for the function likewise are diverse.



The 2-Day Certificate Program will take place at 15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102, the newly restored historic treasure at Rutgers University-Newark, complete with WiFi access. The building is minutes from major Hotels, Newark Airport, Broad Street Train Station and Newark Penn Station with access to NJ Transit and the PATH lines. The updated building is ADA compliant.



Included in the program cost: breakfast, lunch, Tuesday evening dinner, and course materials.


Continuing Education Units (CEU):

For interested participants, this program offers 1 general CEU credit for the 2-day program


About The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School:

Mission - We strengthen ethical leadership to enhance civil society.

The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, working with business, government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and within Rutgers, provides leaders and future leaders with the education, training and critical-thinking tools needed to make ethical decisions. Part of a broad-based academic institution, the Institute believes that cultivating and rewarding sustainable ethical practices assist leaders to create a more powerful and successful organization. The Institute, under the direction of co-founders, Alex J. Plinio and James Abruzzo, aspires to a position that leaders, across all sectors, look to for guidance, partnership, and support. The Institute believes that ethical behavior drives good business and that legal compliance alone may fail to address the complexities of ethical conduct.


About the Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.:

Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. is a for-profit strategies adviser, provider of consulting services and well-respected research firm serving leaders in organizations in the corporate (private), public and social/institutional sectors.

The Institute provides corporate and investment community clients with a portfolio of integrated services and resources to help leaders identify, quantify, monitor, analyze, and manage effective approaches to address critical issues -- especially those reaching "the tipping point," when resolution of [issues] may be harder to achieve.

We are experts with long experience in risk management, corporate governance, corporate sustainability and responsibility -- and in the "ESG" strategies and performance factors that increasingly affect corporate reputation and capital markets valuation and perceptions of the enterprise. Corporate ESG perceptions can influence access to capital, cost of capital, and in the positive, shape favorable perceptions.