Strategies to Create Business and Social Value

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is critical to long-term business success. In this program, you’ll explore the CSR models and best practices that successful large companies are using to drive business and social value across the organization and the community. You’ll also learn how to develop a CSR strategy that aligns with your company’s specific goals and social challenges—and empowers you to set priorities, measure results, and create competitive advantage through social responsibility.

What You Can Expect

By exploring the challenges and opportunities of current CSR models—as well as the next generation of issues that business leaders will face—Corporate Social Responsibility will prepare you to integrate social responsibility throughout your organization. Specifically, you’ll gain strategies for integrating CSR best practices into key business areas, manage the positive and negative impacts of your business activities on society, and identify opportunities to benefit your organization and the community.

Your Course of Study

This intensive program focuses on the practices of large companies that have successfully created business and social value through focused, aligned, and integrated CSR programs. It provides the practical knowledge and insight you need to improve decision making, leverage partnerships, manage risk, and measure performance.

Who Is Right for the Program

The program is specifically designed for senior executives who direct corporate social responsibility programs or oversee departments such as public affairs, philanthropy, sustainability, environmental health and safety, or community affairs. Senior officers with profit-and-loss responsibilities will also benefit from attending.

Social Enterprise Initiative

The Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change. Grounded in the mission of Harvard Business School, this initiative aims to inspire, educate, and support leaders who make a difference in the world.


Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants’ thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.
V. Kasturi Rangan
Faculty Chair
Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing; cochair of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. Member of the Marketing Unit; and faculty chair of “Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Corporate Social Responsibility—India.” He is the author of Transforming Your Go-to-Market Strategy: Three Disciplines of Channel Management. Read Full Bio


Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

Program Contact

Client Service Specialists
Telephone: 1-800-427-5577
(outside U.S., +1-617-495-6555)


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