1. CSR, Sustainability and New Opportunities for Portugal (LI1)

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      CSR, Sustainability and New Opportunities for Portugal

    Course Summary [In Portuguese]

    The course will focus upon CSR and its practical implications with special reference to Portugal and its recent financial issues. Starting from a discussion on what is CSR and Sustainability all about, we shall start with a clear and useful definition to help you understand the maze of terms that are being used as well as how they link to other concepts such as those defined by ISO26000, the EU, the UN Global Compact, GRI 4, etc. The course draws upon Dr. Hopkins’ vast experience in working with companies, Governments and the United Nations in over 120 countries around the world. The course will cover CSR strategy and how it links to practical conditions with examples taken from large companies as well as small. We shall examine the business case for CSR/Sustainability i.e. how Portuguese companies can make money by doing good. Delegates will leave the course with a clear idea of how to implement CSR and Sustainable Development in projects and programmes from community development, to employment creating programmes to their own chosen projects.

    This course will also look at the challenges as well as techniques available to measure CSR impact. It will cover environmental, social and economic impacts. Techniques discussed include those based on financial measures, such as environmental investments, social return on investment, the value of market research for CSR as well as approaches to handling far more subjective matters. Delegates will understand the available techniques that allow companies to communicate their impact and outcomes in the societies in which they operate.

    Course Methodology

    This course will teach you available techniques and how to practically apply them through the use of case studies. The course is highly interactive with delegates learning from each other as much as from the instructor. A choice of case studies will be offered and delegates can choose the ones most appropriate to their own needs and requirements.  To do this, delegates will be invited to use our online CSR assessment tool CRITICS and apply this tool before the workshop either to their own company or a company of their choice.  They will use existing materials, websites, corporate (social) responsibility or sustainability reports etc and obtain a score on how responsible the company is on a scale of 0 to 1.  Results will be discussed in the workshop and compared with other companies or institutions in Portugal as well as other companies across the world taken from CSRFI’s data base.

    On the sustainable impact side, there will be a first part of theory in order to explain the importance of the theory of change for companies to understand their impacts and outputs, followed by exercices where delegates will use the existing tools in order to understand the varieties of CSR impacts can be measured.

    Who Should Attend?

    This course is designed for delegates who are seeking to understand the complexities of measuring corporate social, environmental and economic impacts and who wish to understand and work with the available techniques

    • Corporate executives working on CSR in different cultural contexts
    • CSR directors and managers from all sectors
    • Directors and business development executives from corporates, equity sponsors and consultancies wishing to reduce risk in their projects and programmes in emerging markets
    • Accountants and Lawyers who wish to evaluate emerging market projects and programmes
    • Professionals looking to change their focus to be more involved in promoting development while understanding how these can be profitable for companies, NGOs and Government
    • NGO, Foundations and Charity general management
    • NGO leaders who are implementing development projects around the world and seek to know how to increase their sustainability
    • Government civil servants who wish to further their knowledge of CSR and sustainability in implementing development projects and programme

    • SRI finance managers looking for projects to invest in CSR projects

    21 May – Day 1

     What is CSR

     ISO 26000

     The 15 steps to define and implemente a sustainability strategy

     Materiality and GRI G4

     Integrated Reporting

     22 May – Day 2

    How to measure CSR


    Social ROI

    Corporate Responsibility Index Through Internet Consultation of Stakeholders


    Michael Hopkins, PhD Economics

    Chairman and CEO, MHC International Ltd.CEO; CSR and Financial Institute (CSRFI); Former Director & Founder, CSR Programmes, University of Geneva (2007-2013); Professor, CSR, George Mason University Washington DC

    Sofia SantosPhD in Management, Middlesex University

    INDEG-IUL ISCTE Executive Education, Executive Director of the Sustainability Knowledge Lab