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Law 533 Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law
      Instructor: Kernaghan Webb

This course concentrates on an examination of the legal aspects of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Topics discussed include the relationship between the law and CSR, ethics, and risk management, distinctive legal aspects of sectoral approaches to CSR, legal dimensions of CSR (contractual, torts, regulatory, international law), novel CSR legal approaches (certification, reporting, supply chain), and NGO-stakeholder aspects. Selected cases are examined.

Law 605 Securities Law
      Instructor: Kernaghan Webb

This course focuses on the regulation of securities in Canada, with a particular focus on Ontario. In addition to studying the policy rationales for securities regulation and core concepts such as the idea of a “security”, students will learn about the obligations placed on persons involved in the issuance and trade of securities. Students will also examine the framework for securities regulation in Ontario, including consideration of the role and authority of the securities regulator and liability and enforcement issues.

MB/MT8612/CZMM403 CSR and Sustainable Mining
      Instructor: Kernaghan Webb

This course examines the full range of ways that the mining sector is addressing its environmental and social impacts, drawing on case studies, industry expert guest speakers. The course introduces students to the regulatory, community and market imperatives that are stimulating the mining sector to become sustainability innovators, and provides students with CSR management tools and approaches designed to assist firms in working with their stakeholders to meet sustainability objectives.

Regulation, Government and Responsible Management
      Instructor: Asher Alkoby

This course focuses on corporate social responsibility and ethical management from a legal perspective. Students learn the importance of law as a facilitator in developing successful business strategies and explore the mutuality reinforcing relationship between law and corporate social responsibility in areas such as corporate governance, environmental protection, privacy, corruption, and free trade agreements. Through an examination of these themes, the course provides students with analytical tools for identifying ethical problems and a framework for managing ethical conduct in organizations.

Special Topics in HRM/OB MHR 670
       Instructor: Tim Bartkiw

This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced studies on issues and themes of immediate and current significance in the fields of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management. It allows students to access leading-edge research and to explore new and emerging models of practice. The particular theme, topic and structure of the course will vary in response to changes and trends in the field, availability of specialists and student interest.

Sustainable Tourism Development: HTT 510.
      Instructor: Rachel Dodds

This course examines sustainable and responsible tourism development practices at both the micro and macro levels of the industry. Case study analysis is an integral component of the course. A major focus will be on benefits and impacts associated with tourism development, as well as the strategies for maximizing benefits and minimizing adverse effects.

Environmental Law and Policy: ES8921
     Instructor: Alex Wellington

Major themes in environmental law and policy are the effects of scientific uncertainty, political interest groups, economic principles and environmental ethics on the development of environmental policies and laws. Current concepts such as sustainable development, the precautionary principle and the ecosystem approach are critically examined in relation to their legal manifestations. Traditional and novel legal techniques for motivating change in behaviour are compared in terms of their effectiveness: performance and procedural approaches, bench-marking, economic rewards and sanctions and internal auditing. A comparative approach is taken with environmental laws and policies in other jurisdictions such as the United States and the European Union. A close connection is made between environmental management systems and the need for establishing a due diligence defence for all members of an organization in the event of prosecution.

Law of the Marketplace: Law 525
     Instructor: Kernaghan Webb

This course provides an examination of the law concerning the marketplace in Canada. Common law precedents and federal and provincial statutes which govern business practices and define legal rights and remedies in the commercial environment are analyzed. Major topics include constitutional aspects, product liability, consumer warranties, misleading advertising, regulation of competition, hazardous products, packaging and labelling, discriminatory business practices, franchise law, and personal information legislation, non-court based consumer-business dispute resolution, and consumer-business aspects of corporate social responsibility.  Relevant statutes and selected cases are examined.

Ethics in Finance: FIN800
     Instructor: Alan Kaplan and Allen Goss

This course introduces students to the practices and codes of conduct involved in finance. The course covers ethical issues and the roles of the corporate financial manager, stakeholders and other participants in the investment industry. Readings and regulations from both academia and practice will be used to illustrate theory. Cases and speakers will be employed to bring a real world perspective to the classroom.

 Law 122   
      Instructor: Asher Alkoby

This is an introductory course, prerequisite to further studies in law. The course begins with a discussion of the nature and sources of law and an examination of the court system in Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a survey of the more important aspects of the law of torts. The course then concentrates on the legal requirements for the formation of a valid contract. Other major contract law topics include interpretation, privity, discharge, breach, and special types of contracts. Selected cases will be examined.             

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector:  INP 900            
Alex Gill

The emphasis in this course is on developing approaches that both employees and volunteers in nonprofit organizations can use to deal effectively with the issues facing their organizations. The course explores principles and practices of management and administration as they are adapted to board-staff relations, board governance, recruiting and motivating volunteers, human resource management, accountability, organizing for and managing growth and change, analysis of an organization's market and organizational strategic planning.

Nonprofit Advocacy and Government Relations:  INP 911            
Alex Gill

Voluntary and nonprofit organizations need to advocate effectively on behalf of their constituencies and their organization. The course provides hands-on, applied training that will enable those working in the third sector to advocate and lobby effectively on behalf of their specific constituency, and also as part of broader coalitions (social movements) for change. Topics include influencing the public policy process, identifying and accessing government bodies and resources, developing effective public and government relations strategies.

Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising: INP 912                    
      Instructor: Alex Gill

An organization needs marketing skills to survive in a competitive environment. Changes in government policies are forcing non-profits to compete for funds among donors and to look for ways to generate revenue. This course provides students with a clear understanding of the decisions that must be made to set up effective marketing and fundraising programs in the nonprofit sector. Topics include targeting specific markets, attracting resources, increasing awareness of offerings, and collaborating with other organizations.

ACS800 Senior Group Project: Exploring Canadian Corporate Citizenship                 
Alex Gill

In recent years, the concept of the corporation as a citizen and community actor has become increasingly popular.  Modern corporations are under rising pressure to demonstrate that they are acting not only in the interests of their shareholders, but as concerned and engaged members of the community.  Within the business world itself, the idea of corporate citizenship is also the subject of considerable debate.  Many large corporations have embraced the idea of citizenship (and its broader context of corporate social responsibility), forging unique partnerships with nonprofit organizations and aligning their strategies and operations with community-oriented principles.  Other corporations remain skeptical, unconvinced that such a commitment would deliver benefits to their employees, customers and bottom line. This course looks at how large Canadian corporations partner in the community in the context of this overall debate.

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Ryerson CSR Institute Events


October 27: Law’s Sponsorship of Corporate Irresponsibility

October 11: Ryerson University CSR Institute Talk: Canada's Experience with the OECD Multinational Enterprise Guidelines and National Contact Point

October 4: Corporate Sustainability Reporting: An Evolving Story

September 29: Human Rights Defenders (HRDs): Multistakeholder Statement of Support for HRDs – Invitation to Participate

August 18:  CSR in the Caribbean Commonwealth: a Multi-Level Analysis

July 7:  Mining Conflicts & the Catholic Church: Exploring the Connections

May 19: Revenue Transparency, Corruption and the Extractive Sector: Panel Discussion

April 28: Good Faith, Honesty and the Bhasin v. Hrynew Decision: Where to From Here?

March 8: State & Non-state Regulatory Innovations: Learning from Conflict

March 7: The Resource Curse & What Firms Can Do About It


December 13: The Rise in Mining Conflict: What Lies Beneath?

November 21: Whistleblowing Systems: A New Canadian Guide

November 14:  Sustainable Procurement -- Two New Initiatives

June 28:  Social Licence to Operate: Revisiting the Concept

June 9:  ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard:  Where to from here?

May 6: The 'Legalization' of Corporate Social Responsibility: The Hong Kong ESG (Envtal, Social, Governance) Reporting Experience

April 15: Latin American Mining-Community Agreements: Case Study

March 18: Legislating CSR? Learning from India


Dec 11: Indigenous Consent in the Canadian Mining Context: Learning from the Voisey's Bay Institute

Nov 12: Retail Pharmacies as Social Enterprise Health Care Providers: Lessons from USA?

Oct 26: CSR Institute Talk: Canadian Universal Investors: A Force for Socially Responsible Investing?

Oct 8: CSR Institute Talk: What does Drake have to do with CSR?

Sep 30: Forestry sustainability and APP take centre stage at Ryerson CSR Institute

Sept 18: CSR Institute Panel Discussion: From CSR Pariah to Good Performer? The Asia Pulp & Paper Turnaround Story

June 7 - 11: International Symposium on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable

March 2: Panel discussion on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Jan 29: CSR, Corp Lobbying & Transparency: Panel Discussion, moderated by Jeff Gray  

Jan 19: Unpacking the Peru-BHP Billiton Tintaya Dialogue Table, with Paul Warner


Nov 20: CSR in the Mining Boardroom: A Panel Discussion with CEOs/Board Members

Nov 14: Understanding Community Investment:  A Panel Discussion with Five Private Sector Leaders

Oct 22: Mining & CSR in Africa: from Pressure to Impacts, with Tomas Frederiksen

Oct 20: Managing Community and Environmental Impacts During the Mining Construction Phase, with John Kielty

Oct 9: Procurement as a Means for Mining Firms to Secure their Social License to Operate, with Jeff Geipel and Kevin D'Souza

Sept 22: Aboriginals, Recent Supreme Court Decisions & Sustainable Economic Development, with Bernd Christmas

Sept 8: Corporate Diplomacy: Building the External Stakeholder-Reputation Relationship, with Witold Henisz

June 27: workshop on new development NGO-business platform

May 27: "Latin America, CSR & Standards: A Chilean Perspective" with Dante Pesce

May 8: Where to from Here: A Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights? Visit the conference web page for details.

April 30: Corrupt and autocratic countries: to engage or to withdraw and isolate? A corporate view, with Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

April 14: The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage

April 7: Resource Revenue Transparency:  The Emerging Canadian Approach

April 4: Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine

March 24: rePlan’s Mining-Indigenous experiences in Canada, Africa and Central America

March 17: UNICEF Canada, CSR, & the Canadian Extractive Industry

March 3: "Senate Reform 2014:  What can we Learn from the Constitutional Repatriation Activity of 1982?"

Feb 13: "Addressing Homelessness:  Exploring Government, Private Sector and Civil Society Roles"

Jan 20: "Confessions of a Corporate Responsibility mining executive:  What Contributes to CR Success in the Mining Sector?"

Jan 16-17: Conference: Business, Human Rights and Law in Transnational Context

Jan 10: "Ontario’s new Mining Act regime: the Ontario-Aboriginal Interface"