The Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG; Harvard University) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder program that seeks to study and enhance the public role of the private enterprise. It focuses on exploring the intersection between corporate responsibility, corporate governance and strategy, public policy, and the media. The initiative aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice, encourage innovation, build leadership skills and support constructive dialogue and collaboration between different sectors.
Its vision is to become a globally recognized center of excellence and source of reference in addressing the following three questions:
How can the private sector voluntarily contribute to the solution of public problems in the United States and internationally, and help to address national and global governance gaps? This question is addressed though our workstream entitled Partnerships to Solve Public Problems.
What is the enabling role of government, the media, investment fiduciaries, and self-regulatory governance mechanisms in fostering responsible business practices? This question is addressed through our workstream entitled Accountability and Enabling Frameworks.
What are the leadership values and governance structures that underpin superior corporate performance on ethical, economic, social and environmental issues, and how do leading companies make the strategic business case for corporate responsibility?Â This question is addressed through our workstream entitled Firm-level Performance, Governance and Leadership.