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Corporate Social Responsibility

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY is vital to the promotion of human rights and environmental sustainability.  From the use of energy and natural resources for general operations to source material extraction to processing, shipping, selling and disposing of products, the environment is impacted. From the terms of employment throughout these networks and effects on neighboring communities and global consumers alike, human rights are impacted. With their wide reach, businesses have the potential to improve environmental and human rights conditions worldwide: They possess the technological and research capacities to innovate new methods of sourcing, production and disposal to promote greater health and safety for people and the planet alike. Indeed, corporate social responsibility cannot be achieved without the creativity, innovation and cooperation of the business community.      


Prof. Paolo Galizzi
Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Corporate Social Responsibility Clinic
Leitner Center


The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) clinic, directed by Professor Paolo Galizzi, is designed to introduce students to the law and practice of corporate social responsibility, and expose them to the challenges and prospects for maximizing social and environmental outcomes alongside profits. Opportunities to promote sustainable development in global industry abound. Focusing on the intersection of industry, society and environmental sustainability, clinic participants will work on real-world projects to identify promising openings for early adopters and first-to-market innovators of sustainable policies, technologies, and business models. For the fieldwork component, participants will research and design a concrete CSR project.

In past academic years, projects included: drafting a human rights policy for a major multinational corporation; working with the United Nations Global Compact on an anticorruption project; working with law firms in Colombia to identify ways in which lawyers can fulfill their CSR obligations.

The seminar portion of the clinic will introduce students to the theory and practice of corporate social responsibility law. With guest lecturers from experts in the field, students will study the history and modern development of the CSR; as well as such practical skills as project research and design, stakeholder consultation, interview techniques, and proposal drafting and development.