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International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Nottingham University Business School
University of Nottingham


The mission of the ICCSR is to contribute to CSR knowledge and practice through teaching and research. CSR is broadly defined as embracing business ethics, responsibility, accountability and sustainability, and is evaluated from multi-stakeholder and international perspectives. Through its teaching and research, the ICCSR engages with the worlds of policy and practice.

Main Activities

  • Teaching: The ICCSR runs an MBA (CSR) and MSc (CSR) designed to contribute to the development of CSR professionals, and is currently preparing to launch an MSc in Managing for Sustainability. It mainstreams CSR in the School through a core BA Management “Business Ethics” module and a core MBA ‘Sustainable Decisions and Organisations’ module. It offers bespoke and open access Executive CSR Education.

  • Research: The ICCSR contributes to CSR research through publications with leading journals and publishers. About twenty PhDs have been completed. Current Centre projects include “CSR Impact” (through a European Commission project), “Integrating Sustainability into Business Education”, “CSR in Asia” and “CSR rankings”.

  • Engagement: The ICCSR has engaged with numerous partners to investigate key issues of responsible business. These include business associations (e.g. Business in the Community), companies (e.g. Boots, Halcrow, The Commercial Group), SRI organizations (e.g. FTSE4Good), professional organizations (e.g. the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accounting), NGOs (e.g. Charities Aid Foundation), and international agencies (e.g. International Labor Organisation). It holds an annual conference or symposium (in the UK, Malaysia or China), an annual Christmas lecture and an annual Film Series, Doing the Business, in partnership with the Broadway Cinema.

Organizational Structure

The ICCSR, founded in 2002, has a Director, a further nine core academic staff, affiliates in the Malaysia and China campuses, a Business Development Manager, and two administrative staff. In addition it has about a dozen Visiting Professors and Fellows. It has a practitioner Advisory Panel.


Sareh Pouryousefi
Research Fellow



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