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Responsible Business Conduct: Past, Present & Future

Application Deadline
15th February 2022
21st March 2022
25th March 2022
Skill level
CHF 1100

Are you confused about ESG, CSR, UNGPs, GRI, L2O, VPs, and all of that? In this introductory course, participants explore the responsibilities of businesses for the impacts of their operations on the environment, people, local communities, and societies. The course explores the incidents and conflicts that have triggered the concepts behind the acronyms used to describe these different perspectives on responsible business conduct. Participants learn about the developments that have shaped the international and national debates on responsible business conduct. We will look back, examine what is currently happening, and ask what the challenges are for the future.

We will take a close look at the principles, guidelines, and standards that have been developed to prevent negative and, where possible, leverage positive impacts. The course focuses specifically on the role and responsibilities of businesses in low-income and fragile contexts and discusses if and how companies can contribute to preventing conflicts and possibly support peacebuilding efforts.


As a participant, you will:

gain an understanding of responsible business conduct and the different perspectives that have shaped the various terms and concepts used.
learn about the incidents that have triggered the development of principles, standards, and guidelines aimed at clarifying the responsibilities of businesses vis-à-vis society, communities, and individuals.
look at some examples and discuss trends, focusing especially on the challenges of businesses that operate and invest in low-income and fragile contexts, primarily in resource-based industries.
understand the challenges and opportunities of implementing responsible business principles, standards, and guidelines in practice.
exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.


This course is designed for:

Early career professionals who want to learn about the international and national responsibilities of businesses for the impacts of their operations and the employment opportunities in this field of work.
Government employees working on responsible business conduct, business & human rights, ESG performance management and social investment, and CSR.
Representatives of NGOs and think tanks with an interest in business & human rights, business & peace, and sustainable development.
Students and researchers who want to get an initial overview of the debate on responsible business conduct and how principles, guidelines and standards affect corporate practices.

Steinengraben 22 4051 Basel Switzerland

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  • Culture and identity
  • Peace education
  • Peacebuilding
  • Scenario development & futures forecasting
  • Designing peacebuilding & prevention programming
  • Cultural awareness & communication
Languages English
Evaluation Online Participation
Target Audience
  • Lecture
  • Group Work and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • Case Study
  • Role-play
  • Methods for Reflection
  • Not available
  • Confirmation of Participation
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