Business School Policy for Social Responsibility


Department of Commerce aims to be a socially responsible organisation in all aspects of its operations and activities. Founded in 1996, the Department of Commerce has grown exponentially in terms of the number of programs, students, teaching and administrative staff. As the department grows, it was deemed necessary to communicate CSR principles and strategies very clearly to the staff, students and other stakeholders. Our commitment to be socially responsible organisation extends to our practices as a department, to staff, students, suppliers, university and the local community, and includes the principles by which we engage with the outside world. This policy is accessible to all of our stakeholders on our departmental website and all students and staffs are made aware of the policy via their induction material.

Introduction

Social Responsibility is a process which aims to embrace responsibility for the organization's actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities and stakeholders. Social Responsibility policy functions as a built-in, self-regulating mechanism whereby a business monitors and ensures its active compliance as far as possible with the spirit of the law, ethical standards, and international norms on a voluntary basis. Department of Commerce is fully committed to the principle of social responsibility and aspires to embed its core principles, where practicable, into its policies and practices, to the benefit of staff, students, partners and suppliers, as well as the wider community.

The Department's active Social Responsibility Strategy

The department's CSR policy has 3 key strands:

Community

We endeavour to interact positively and proactively with our community. We are committed to the development of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In order to achieve this we are aiming to provide research, training and consultancy services to the local SMEs.

We are also committed for the advocacy and support of women entrepreneurship. In this regard we are aiming to provide opportunities to the women entrepreneurs' for showcasing their novel ideas during the entrepreneurial events organised by the department of commerce.

Environmental Sustainability

We are working towards improved digital technology in its classrooms through the use of projectors to reduce the need for paper-based resources. Staff is encouraged to minimise photocopying and to use double sided and reduced sized copies where possible. Students are encouraged to read lecture material in digital form instead of printing them. Staff and students are encouraged to use emails instead of paper-based correspondences. E-mails are only printed when necessary. We aspire towards a Sustainable Business Award to recognise the work of local businesses in this area. This will enable us to learn, monitor and disseminate best practices from local business organisations.

CSR Education and Research

We will encourage discussion of CSR issues in the classroom alongside many other current issues, and, where appropriate, will develop materials.

The department has faculty with special interest in this area and is aiming to look into various ways at how the department can develop in this area.

We are also aiming to introduce optional the subject of CSR in our research programs.