UCT Law@work is pleased to present a two-day course on corporate social responsibility, citizenship and business sustainability.
WHY THIS COURSE?
CSR and sustainability concepts are both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. Although they are quite popular constructs, they are largely misconstrued and poorly practicalised or implemented. Participants will gain a better understanding of the nuances concerning these concepts as used in developed societies, as well as emerging economies in Africa. The course will benefit businesses, executives, and private individuals who will not only appreciate the extent of their rights and duties, powers and responsibilities in CSR-related (or inspired) legislations in South Africa and beyond, but will also afford them capacity to comply with such CSR or CSR-inspired requirements within the jurisdiction.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The course will not only appeal to academics, researchers and policy-makers, but will also be applicable to corporate managers, executives and directors, attorneys, legal consultants, compliance officers, and company secretaries, among others.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The course blends theory and practical insights with an understanding of the complementary concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. It provides an excellent opportunity for participants to understand how these constructs are conceptualised and put into practice within African countries and in major international regulatory dialogues across the world.
Introduction to CSR and business sustainability
• Law and CSR
• CSR and the business case
• CSR, sustainable development and corporate governance
Terminologies: conceptual clarifications
• Corporate responsibility
• Corporate accountability
• Corporate citizenship
• Sustainable development
• ESG (environment, social, governance)
Country-by-country conceptual analysis of CSR and sustainability
• CSR and sustainability in Nigeria
• Corporate citizenship and stewardship in South Africa
• Corporate responsibility in the United Kingdom
• CSR in the United States of America
• Socially-sensitive corporations in India
World outlook of CSR in international regulatory dialogues
• CSR in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
• CSR and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
• CSR in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the
United Nations' Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework
• CSR and European Union
• CSR and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA)
CSR in practice: stakeholder engagement and risk management
• CSR and host communities
• CSR and employee relations
• CSR in contracts with contractors, suppliers and vendors
• CSR and taxes
• CSR and sustainability reporting: corporate governance disclosures
Dr Nojeem Amodu is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA), Department of Commercial Law of the University of Cape Town (UCT). His PhD thesis on corporate social responsibility and business sustainability won the best PhD thesis in humanities. Nojeem consistently graduated top of his class from his LLB degree at the Lagos State University to the LLM and PhD degrees from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr Amodu is a well-rounded contract specialist with more than 10 years' cumulative experience as both external solicitor and in-house corporate and commercial legal counsel in different multicultural environments and in leading multinational corporations including Dangote Industries Limited.