Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

Geoff Mazullo

During the three days of lectures, students will be introduced to the following topics: corporate governance models (including the Anglo-US, German, Japanese and Polish models); disclosure regimes; the legal and self-regulatory framework for corporate governance; the rights and responsibilities of corporate organs, including the annual general meeting of shareholders, management and the board (board of directors or supervisory board); shareholders' rights; the use of governance information by shareholders and stakeholders; corporate social responsibility (CSR); trends in extra-financial reporting; and reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators.  Students will obtain detailed information on the  disclosure practices of the largest listed companies in 11 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, and compare these practices with peers in other emerging markets, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) as well as Ukraine.

Students will analyze and discuss practical and theoretical aspects of corporate governance in several jurisdictions by working in groups on a number of case studies about real companies covering each of the above-mentioned topics.

There are no specific pre-requisites for attending the lecture.  However, students should have a very good knowledge of business English in order to read the case studies.

Students will gain the following skills by attending these lectures:

-          knowledge of corporate governance, financial and legal terminology;

-          comprehension of corporate governance models;

-          comparative analysis of corporate governance models and disclosure regimes;

-          reading comprehension of original texts from English-language business, financial and legal publications;

-          analysis of case studies, working in groups; and

-          presentation skills in the English-language.