This course examines the social responsibilities of organizations and their leaders as they address divergent expectations from internal and external stakeholders. While recognizing the need for a business to meet financial goals, this course will outline how leaders can ensure their organizations fulfill their societal responsibilities in the areas of ethics, labor and employment, diversity, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and governance. This class will also recognize the culture-specific drivers of some social responsibilities and discuss how they impact organizations operating in the specific countries visited during the semester. Through experiential learning and case discussion, students will acquire the knowledge and capabilities to analyze the multiple elements of a purpose-driven business and act as promoters of socially responsible business in their future endeavors.
Field ClassCountry: Mauritius
Date: October 19, 2017
Mauritius has emerged as a major resort destination and business center in the Indian Ocean region. However, Mauritius is also a low-lying island subject to the negative impacts of climate change. The Starwood hotel/resort management corporation has emphasized Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability as key strategic and operational goals for their properties. We will travel to the Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa, located at one of the most beautiful locales on the coast, and meet with senior management of the resort. After a tour of their front of house and back of house facilities we will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about their policies and approach to Environmental Sustainability.
After lunch, we will travel together to the nearby Mauritius Oceanography Institute to learn how climate change is impacting life and business on Mauritius. Witnessing the potentially devastating consequences of individuals, businesses, and governments disregarding environmental concerns should solidify the imperative for businesses to take leadership in the areas of social responsibility.
1. Learn how businesses can incorporate sustainability initiatives into their core business operations.
2. Explore how consumers can drive sustainable operations of a business.
3. Witness the impact of climate change on the low-lying island of Mauritius.