Corporate Social Responsibility

Contributing to economic and social development

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can be seen as an example of what in general terms is stated by Business Ethics. Ethics deal with values, norms and standards that we - both individually and collectively - apply to our behavior and our activities. In a global society the debate about these values, norms and standards is essential in order to (prosperously) co-exist and contribute to a life worth living. An open dialogue is also - if not predominantly - required for the economic arena, where different stakeholders might have different views on the responsibilities of corporations, investors, governments and the civil society.

This program will provide you with the theoretical and practical CSR skills. You will explore the different theoretical aspects of CSR and learn how to apply the concepts to the practice of your own organization.

Did you know that you can combine this course with the Value Chain Analysis course in April 2019 and December 2019 which will run the week after? Combining these two courses will save you up to a maximum of  €500,-
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Sustainable Business Development

Sustainable Business Development

Certificate (diploma optional)


Course date
26 - 30 Nov 2018, 1 - 5 April 2019 and 2 - 6 Dec 2019

5 days

Diederik de Boer
Lead trainer
Diederik P. de Boer, PhD
Assistant Professor in Sustainable Business Development

Course objectives

At the end of the course you

  • understand the underlying concepts of CSR and have gained management knowledge about Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Approaches
  • have insight into strategic CSR implementation and the ability to use different CSR tools.
  • are able to identify different CSR approaches and to find solutions for complex societal and ecological challenges.
  • know how to communicate properly to different stakeholders about the role of his/her business in society.
  • developed an appropriate CSR strategy for your business enterprise.
  • understand what role corporations may play in this development in terms of CSR;

Course topics

Topics included in the program are:

  • Definition CSR
  • Internal and external elements of CSR
  • Role of ethics within CSR
  • Tools of ethical, environmental and social responsibility with an emphasis on systems, standards, organizational change and reporting
  • The role of government, business and civil society in achieving sustainable development
  • Ethical problems and dilemmas and the skills to solve these
  • Stakeholder analysis meeting
  • Developing a CSR strategy

Teaching methods

The program adopts various teaching and learning techniques, such as: lecture/discussion format, case
studies and decision-making models, obligatory and recommended literature, business planning, group discussion and presentations, exercises and research with computer and library facilities, field visits and workshops. Strong emphasis is placed on student participation and involvement. The purpose is to utilize the experience and background of the students in a more synergistic program, compared to traditional school formats.

Your profile

The program is designed for

  • Senior executives and policy makers involved in CSR management or who have a strong motivation to learn more about sustainable development issues
  • Consultants and lecturers working in the field related to sustainable development and CSR


Each participant receives a certificate of attendance on the last day of the course. Only for those who will complete an additional assignment will receive a diploma. In case you would like to have more information you contact

Diederik P. de Boer, PhD

Assistant Professor in Sustainable Business Development

Diederik de Boer works as an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Agri-Business Development at Maastricht School of Management. He holds a PhD from the Erasmus University (the Netherlands), an MPA from Leiden/Rotterdam University (the Netherlands), an MBA from Bradford/Tilburg University (U.K./The Netherlands) and a Minor in Small and Micro Credit Schemes from Harvard University Boston (USA). He worked for seven years for the United Nations and the Dutch Ministry for Development Cooperation in Cambodia, Mongolia, Korea and Palestine. At MSM he is managing projects related to sustainable business development in a variety of countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Georgia and Jordan. At MSM he is teaching corporate social responsibility. His research focuses on impact investment and triple helix constructs.

Mirjana Stanisic MSc

Expert and lecturer in Project Management

Mirjana Stanisic has extensive experience in donor-funded projects in emerging and countries in transition (Egypt, Romania, Bangladesh, Serbia and Montenegro).  She worked previously as a national expert in Serbia and Montenegro and has several years of experience in international cooperation with relevant international bodies for environment and climate change. Mirjana published more than ten articles in the field of environment and participated in various project and programs funded by UNEP, UNECE, World Bank, IUFRO). Currently she is working as a consultant and lecturer at Maastricht School of Management, conducting training sessions in project management, proposal writing, sustainable development and soft skills. Besides project management and consultancy experience, she provides mentoring and coaching of participants in their individual action plans.

The full tuition fee

The tuition fee of this course is € 2499

Tuition fee includes all course materials and study materials. Tuition fee does not include housing, food and living expenses. Participants are required to arrange their own housing facilities. MSM can assist in finding hotel accommodation.


Scholarship opportunities can be combined up to 50% of the full tuition fee.

Corporate Discount:
15% for 2 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
25% for 3 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
40% for 4 - 6 participants coming from the same organization within 1 academic year
For > 6 participants we will offer a tailor made program

European Star Scholarship:
50% for European citizens and long term residents. Submit a 2 - 3 page essay on the topic: "What will be the positive change for my organization and me after participating in this course?"

Alumni Lifelong Learning:
15% discount for Maastricht School of Management registered Alumni

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Cancellation policy

MSM reserves the right to postpone or cancel the program in case the number of participants does not meet the MSM requirements for minimum number of participants. Any payment made to MSM for tuition fee will be refunded. In the case of postponement or cancellation of the program MSM will inform the enrolled candidates at least six weeks before the planned start of the program.

By the participant:

If an admitted participant decides against participation after the tuition fee has been paid, cancellation costs are €200,- (administrative costs)

In case cancellation is done after the program has started no money will be refunded.

No cancellation charges are incurred if the enrolled participant, with written consent of MSM, will be replaced by another participant before the start of the course. Refunded tuition fees will only be reimbursed to the sponsoring party and cannot be forwarded or redeemed by any other party.

Participants who were not granted a visa to enter The Netherlands, can be fully reimbursed if written official documentation is provided of such visa denial.

Application deadline

For the program running in November 2018 26 October 2018
For the program running in April 2019 1 March 2019
For the program running in December 2019 2 November 2019

Admission requirements

Applicants should have the ability to function academically and professionally at Bachelor level and should have an adequate level of spoken and written English.

Reasons to follow Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Understand the underlying concepts of CSR and gain management knowledge
    about Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability approaches
  • Learn how to develop tools of ethical, environmental and social responsibility with
    an emphasis on systems, standards, organizational change and reporting
  • Develop the skills to implement, monitor and evaluate a CSR strategy
  • Get inspired by exposure visits and guest lecturers from experts in CSR
  • Benefit from the interactive learning environment and exchange views and
    experiences with peers and experts from around the world

Gain your knowledge with CSR skills and contribute to a life worth living

Open enrollment programs

MSM offers a wide portfolio of short open enrollment programs. Our skills-oriented programs will help you to enhance your management and professional knowledge and skills, broaden your mind and develop your personal skills. Additionally we offer policy-oriented programs providing you with the tools and instruments that can help you in developing effective policies for your organization.

Custom made programs

Apart from the Open Enrollment executive programs, MSM offers custom training programs, for the public and private sector, and for the higher and vocational education sector. MSM’s custom programs are tailored to the specific needs and challenges of your organization, making them the perfect tool to strengthen the leadership skills and expertise of the professionals of your organization.