New course challenges business ethics

New course to challenge business ethics and values: Graduate Certificate of Corporate Responsibility

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A timely new course, to be launched this week by the La Trobe University Graduate School of Management at the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) annual conference in Sydney, will teach corporate responsibility and emphasize the importance of ethical behaviour, sustainability and exemplary values in business.

Beginning later this month at the University's Bundoora campus in Melbourne, the new course, the Graduate Certificate of Corporate Responsibility, consists of four units and is open to graduates with more than two years in business or experienced business people without a degree. 

'The global economic crisis has graphically shown what happens when business has the wrong values and ethical standards slip, said Director of the program,' Associate Professor Suzanne Young.

'Students graduating from the new course will have the tools to challenge unethical behaviour and the skills to help them build responsible organizations and bring exemplary values to the centre of business practice,' she said.

Dr Young recently attended the inaugural forum for Responsible Management Education, hosted by the UN Global Compact at UN headquarters in New York. The Graduate School of Management joined the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education Initiative.

'The new course is one of the first fruits of La Trobes participation in the Initiative,' said Dr Young.

The outcomes statement from the UN forum underscored the critical role of business schools as vital agents of change in the current climate. Closer to home, business leaders in Australia such as Dr Noel Purcell, former Group General Manager of Westpac, have also called for universities to help create a new generation of leaders conscious of corporate responsibility.

'The Graduate School of Business at La Trobe is responding to these calls for action in these challenging times,' said Dr Young.

The course will be launched on 5 February by New York-based and world-renowned corporate ethicist, Professor Prakesh Sethi, a keynote speaker at the ACCSR conference in Sydney, of which La Trobe is a sponsor.

Professor Sethi is in Australia as a guest of La Trobe University.  He will also give a talk in Melbourne, entitled, The Old Good Corporation is Dead: We Need a New Good Corporation at the La Trobe University Graduate School of Management, 6.30pm, Monday 9 February 2009.  

 For further information about the new course and requests for interviews with Professor Sethi, please contact Mikhaela Delahunty on 03.9479 5353 or