Postgraduate Course in Management of Social Responsibility (CSR)

The Postgraduate Course in Management of Social Responsibility offers students a global vision of all the knowledge and interest groups, internal and external, which CSR covers within an organization (social, labour, environmental, and Human Rights aspects).

  • CSR
  • Business Ethics
  • Social Responsibility
Next edition
Classes start
18 February, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
04 June, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Thursday and Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm.
ECTS credits
3300 €

The main objective of the Postgraduate Course in Social Responsibility is to train students as professionals who can generate value in the business environment, in public administration, and in society and provide a broad and applied vision of CSR in different professional outlets. This includes its regulations, future trends, examples of good management tools, and new paradigms in companies from different sectors and business models: retail, pharmacy, banking, etc.

Throughout the course, you will acquire knowledge to generate value in your company and in society, working in a global, sustainable and inclusive society to address new goals and competencies. You will develop specific instructions and procedures approved by the European Education Area for the application of CSR in the daily management of the company (instructions, codes of conduct, protocol, etc.), for good governance and its adequate mainstreaming among the groups of interest, internal and external, creating a framework for dialogue and respect for human rights. All of this supported by teachers and professionals with extensive experience in a constantly updated sector such as corporate social responsibility.

The UPF-BSM is one of the universities involved in the application and dissemination of corporate social responsibility (CSR). It adheres to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which represent a fundamental commitment to sustainable development.

Why choose this program


Get a comprehensive view of corporate social responsibility

On this course, you will acquire a broad and applied vision of Corporate Social Responsibility in the business environment learning its specific regulations, current and future trends, new scenarios, the most recent management systems, and the actors that have been examples of good business models.


Get a plural and multisectoral perspective

Throughout the course, students participate and study practical cases of companies that belong to different sectors and business models (retail, pharmacy, banking and services, among others) with the aim of providing a plural view of corporate social responsibility, environment, and human rights.


Learn from an experienced and diverse faculty

The teachers are experts in communication, business strategy, accounting, and politics both in SMEs and in multinational environments. All of them are involved in promoting corporate social responsibility at a social and environmental level.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at managers or future managers of corporate social responsibility tasks in any company or organization, as well as experienced professionals interested in incorporating or promoting CSR in their businesses. Those professionals with social sensitivity and interest in human resources may also participate.

Admission and enrolment


The qualification is divided into 4 large main subjects or groups of credits in which, through theoretical and practical content, the participant is shown the good management systems to be developed, while providing environmental and corporate social responsibility knowledge. In addition, they must carry out a Tutored Postgraduate Final Project that reflects a professional CSR proposal from a company or organization.

Introduction: basics

In this subject, students will work on the following knowledge:

  •  Basic aspects and examples of application (cases of companies and business models) in different areas and sectors.
  •  Basic concepts of ethics. Relativism.
  •  Corporate Social Responsibility: definition, evolution, trends, and dimensions of application: internal and external.
  •  CSR and its relationship with other concepts and stakeholders (sustainable development, shared value, green economy, circular economy, compliance, economy of the common good, etc.).
  •  Practical session with companies and businesses.
The management of social responsibility

In this subject you will work on:

  • Internal and external stakeholders (definition and relationship with organizations).
  •  The different areas and tools for managing corporate social responsibility in organizations and in their activities: good governance, ethical, economic, social, labour, and environmental management.
  • Ethical codes and other protocols. Codes of conduct: concepts, verification, and monitoring.
  • Certified social and environmental management systems in the CSR fields (SANO8000, ISO 14000, etc.). Other guides and application recommendations (ISO26000, etc.).
  • Practical session with companies and businesses.
International initiatives. Communication of sustainability policies. Reporting

The following knowledge will be worked on in this subject:

  • General international framework: regulations and legislation related to the different areas of sustainability.
  • International framework: milestones, organizations, and initiatives in the different fields of the environment: labour, environment, human rights, etc. (International Labour Organization, OECD, Global Compact, the Sustainable Development Goals, etc.).
  • Other frameworks, systems, and specific initiatives: Changemanagement (Change Theory, Uno Theory), integrated social value, principle of the common good, etc.
  • Reporting and its verification based on the characteristics of the organization and its stakeholders (sector, size, commitments, etc.): global reporting initiative (GRI), Communication where Progress (GOLPE), Integrated Reporting (IR), etc.
  • Practical session with companies and businesses.
Other related aspects. Social action

The following knowledge will be worked on in this subject:

  • Alternative economy initiatives: cooperatives, fair trade, ethical banking and microcredit, organic and local agriculture, businesses at the base of the pyramid, etc.
  • Solidarity investment funds and systems, and sustainable stock index.
  • Social action and philanthropy. Volunteering.
  • Practical session with companies and businesses.
Postgraduate Final Project

The work will consist of a proposal for the application of environmental policies and corporate social responsibility in a company or organization at the proposal of the student or, in the event that the student does not have any, of the teaching staff.

The work will be developed during the course in sessions with tutors in which ideas will be presented or brief presentations will be made.

The final evaluation will be made through a public presentation of the work before a panel.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will be awarded the degree of Curso de Postgrado de Gestión de la Responsabilidad Social, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.


Academic directors

Xavier Carbonell Durán

Associate Professor UPF-BSM

Susana Domingo Pérez

Head of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Area
Senior Lecturer BSM

Ester Oliveras Sobrevias


Oriol Amat Salas

Full professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at UPF and UPF-BSM.

Xavier Carbonell Durán

Associate Professor UPF-BSM

Susana Domingo Pérez

Head of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Area
Senior Lecturer BSM

Marcos Eguiguren Huerta

Senior Lecturer BSM

  • Albert Alberich
    Director of the Training and Work Foundation
  • Joana Amat
    Vice President of Finques Amat and President of the FIDEM Patronat
    Universitat de Barcelona
  • Oriol Amat Salas
    PhD in Business Administration from the Autonomous University of Barcelona
    Full professor of the Department of Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University 
    He holds an MBA from ESADE Business School and completed the International Program for Lecturers at the Stockholm School of Economics. His fields of research include accounting and financial administration.
  • Silvia Ayuso Siart
    Academic director of the Chair Mango of RSC
    Doctor of Environmental Sciences at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona  
  • Beatriz Bayo González
    Director of RSC of Grup Mango
    Valladolid University
  • Isidor Boix
    Member of the international secretariat of CCOO-Industry
  • Helena Borbón
    Director of the CARES Foundation
    PDG - Business Management at IESE-University of Navarra Industrial Engineering and Industrial Organization at UPC
  • Xavier Cardona De Mingo
    Director of the College of Censors of Account Accounts of Catalonia
    Economics at Universitat de Barcelona
  • Maria Luz Castilla Porquet
    Senior Advisor of PwC sustainability
    PDD- IESE Business School - University of Navarra
  • Arturo de las Heras
    Responsible Global of CSR of the Fluidra Group.
  • Javier Dueñas
    Director of CSR and Global Quality of the Cooperative Credit Bank-Grupo Cooperativo CAJAMAR
  • Marcos Eguiguren Huerta
    Executive Director at the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (
    PhD in Business Administration and Management from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
    Professor at the Department of Management of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
    He is also cofounder of SingularNet and member of the board of several companies among which Triodos Bank, NV (Netherlands) and Catalunya en Miniatura, SL. He is managing director of the business group Inmark, SA, CEO of Makeateam, SA and CEO and founder of Network Group. In earlier stages he led the business school area of Les Heures - University of Barcelona and held executive positions at major banks and consulting firms worldwide.
  • Mònica Figueras
    PhD in Journalism from Pompeu Fabra University.
    Deputy Director of Postgraduates and Coordination at Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Pere Fullana Palmer
    Director of the Chair UNESCO of living Cycle and Climatic Change to ESCI-UPF
    PhD in Industrial Engineering at Universitat Ramon Llull
  • José Antonio Lavado Gil
    Founding member of Beethik and Bidea
    Degree in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Eva Morales Garcia
    Director of Empenta Consulting
    Degree in Environmental Sciences at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Angel Pes
    Deputy Managing Director of CaixaBank and President of the Association of the Global Compact in Spain
  • Patricia Reverter Guillot
    Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance at KPMG
    Law, Environmental Law and Community Law
  • Ángel José Rodrigo Hernández
    Professor of Public International Law at the UPF
  • Maria Salamero
    Director of Agbar's sustainability and communication strategy
    Ingeniería Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC)
  • Josep Santacreu Bonjoch
    Chief Executive Officer of DKV Seguros and President of
    Stanford Executive Program for Stanford University Graduate School of Business
    Doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
    Degree in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Francesc Torralba
    Doctor in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona (1992).Doctor in Theology from the Faculty of
    Theology of Catalonia (1997).Doctor of Pedagogy at the Ramon Llull University (2018).
  • Tania Verge Mestre
    Visiting Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)
    Doctor of Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid


The program of the course is divided into credit systems, sessions, and workshops within the classroom where the different learning activities such as role-playing exercises and dynamic sessions are developed. There will also be activities outside the classroom and support, where the student must prepare the sessions and develop a social and environmental project.


Practical guidance

Practical learning through workshops, seminars, or role-playing cases in which students will be presented with an experience related to corporate social responsibility.


Expert teaching team

The course is taught by an expert faculty in the sector of corporate social responsibility, the environment, human resources, and public administration, each one within their area.


Real Postgraduate Final Project

Students carry out a professional project applicable to a real business, based on the student's preferences and undertaken with the supervision of a mentor.


The final grade for the course will be based on the following points:

  • Postgraduate Final Project (60%)
  • Active participation of students in different activities such as debates, discussion of cases, acquisition of skills, etc. (30%)
  • Attendance of sessions (10%)


Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The course syllabus prepares you so that you can apply CSR and human resources management policies and tools in any type of company, regardless of the sector where you work or want to direct your professional career. For this reason, different directors and professionals will guide you in this learning so that you can apply the theory and practice acquired practically immediately.

Student profile

You will share a classroom with specialized teachers from different sectors with a common goal: the application of social responsibility and human resources policies in companies and businesses. Some 46% of the participants hold positions of responsibility within companies, either as a department manager, head of area, or general manager.

With studies in different public or private areas, our students come mainly from careers such as law, economics, or journalism and communication.


Average age


Average number of years of professional experience


International students

Career opportunities

The qualification offers multiple career opportunities and prepares you to work or direct the management of ethical policies for the company. The career department does not offer linked practical experience, but if you find your own, we will help you with the agreement.

  • Departments of companies that require incorporating these functions, such as communication, human resources, or compliance
  • Consultants and professionals in CSR for public or private companies
  • Area managers, technical staff and CSR coordination
  • Environmental technicians
  • Directors and positions in the public administration

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

You should have a university degree.

In the event that students do not have these requirements at the time of enrolment, the possibility of accessing the course will be evaluated on professional merit or interest, duly justified. In any case, they will not be able to receive a postgraduate qualification, but a qualification in Management of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Those participants who do not have knowledge of Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.


  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.


  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 3324.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Social Value Scholarships

UPF Barcelona School of Management, for this next academic year, and aiming at the commitment for social welfare, offers the Social Value Scholarships with the objective of supporting and favoring the groups that the School considers a priority. Enter and consult the details.


Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.

Grants and discounts

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).


Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

Application for admission
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Postgraduate Course on Management of Social Responsibility
Modality: Presencial
Language: Spanish
Price: 3300
Admission fee: 120
We will deduct this amount from the total registration fee if your application is accepted. If your application is rejected, we will reimburse you.

Postgraduate Course in Management of Social Responsibility (CSR)