The Geneva CSR Summer School: Global CSR Issues, Switzerland

Publish Date: May 11, 2015

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Event Dates: from Jun 22, 2015 12:00 to Jul 03, 2015 12:00


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

The Geneva CSR Summer School on Global CSR issues 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 at 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

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.


Evaluation and grading will be based on class participation and students’ presentations on the last day of the course. Completing the Geneva CSR Summer School: global CSR Issues may earn you 6 ECTS.


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, SDS, University of Geneva

Prof. Bernard Morard, GSEM, University of Geneva

Lectures will be given by CSR experts from academia, United Nations specialised agencies and business professionals.



Upper year undergraduates and MA students


Tuition Fees: 2300 CHF / Deadline: May 15, 2015

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

UNIGE students

Geneva Summer Schools Excellence Scholarships 2015

Geneva Summer Schools offers a limited number of Excellence Scholarships to summer school participants for certain courses.

These scholarships are in the form ofpartial or full tuition exemption.

Scholarship application is done in the online application form.

To apply for a scholarship, students must include: 

  • Scholarship statement
  • Letter of Recommendation

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, letter of reference, and financial need. Incomplete scholarship applications will not be considered.

ThinkSwiss Scholarships 2015

The Geneva Summer Schools has 4 ThinkSwiss Scholarships to award (up to 1300 CHF each) to students enrolled in Canadian and US Universities who wish to attend the Geneva Summer Schools 2015. These scholarships are sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America.

To be considered for a ThinkSwiss scholarship:

  • Apply for your summer school online (
  • Send in your ThinkSwiss application (deadline May 1, 2015) to with the subject « ThinkSwiss Application » composed of:
    • a 500 word (max) statement about why you would like to be considered for this Think Swiss scholarship
    • Your CV
    • Proof  of enrollment in Canadian or US university
    • Current academic transcript 

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