Switzerland, Geneva

Business and Sustainability

when 20 June 2016 - 1 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee CHF 2300

University of Geneva Summer School jointly with the UNCTAD-UNIGE Sustainability Research Centre

The Business and Sustainability summer course provides insights on how the business sector addresses environmental, human rights or sustainable development issues through corporate social responsibility (CSR). It delves into the interactions between governments, international organizations, civil society and businesses through lectures at University of Geneva and site visits to the United Nations Office in Geneva, UN specialised agencies and companies.


Concepts and definitions of CSR; tools for implementation
Global issues and business involvement: environment, human rights, finance, labour, global health
Sustainability leadership
Site visits to companies and to the United Nations

Course leader

Dr Catherine Ferrier
Geneva School of Economics and Managment (GSEM)
University of Geneva

Dr. Anthony Miller
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Prof. Lucio Baccaro
Geneva School of Social Sciences
University of Geneva

Target group

Upper year undergraduates and graduate students

Course aim

What you will learn

You will get exposure to the latest global challenges in sustainability and how they are addressed by the business sector and the United Nations through a mix of lectures, case studies and site visits.

Credits info

Evaluation and grading will be based on class participation and students’ presentations on the last day of the course.

Fee info

CHF 2300: Tuition Fees: 2'300 CHF
Deadline: May 1, 2016

Early Bird (until March 1, 2016): 1'900 CHF

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Priority will be given to participants from developing countries.


A limited number of competitive excellence scholarships are available.