Corporate Responsibility and Accountability

SIP60001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


HT3  Term 3

29 Jul 24 - 8 Sep 24

8 Oct 24

Last self enrolment:
29 Jul 24

9 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Aug 24

Aims and objectives

This unit critically examines how businesses manage environmental, social and governance risks and have responded to stakeholder pressures to be more accountable for mitigating impacts on society and the environment. The unit reviews the historical evolution and development of the concept of corporate responsibility. It explores why corporate responsibility plays an increasingly important role as a core function in managing a business enterprise as well as emerging integrative models such as creating shared value. The unit also explores how business accounts for its behaviour and impact in society through reporting, measuring and management of its impacts.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of corporate responsibility theories, models and frameworks.
2. Analyse and evaluate the key drivers behind the uptake of corporate responsibility by business.
3. Critically evaluate the concept of corporate responsibility and future trends in the role of the corporation in society.
4. Evaluate and apply ethical and accountability frameworks in business.