Five Questions about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – Special Interview with Karen Maas, Scientific Director, Executive CSR Courses, Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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September 3, 2012

By Geoffrey on September 3, 2012

On the first Monday of each month Emerging Markets ESG publishes a special interview with an academic, expert or practitioner about a specific topic with relevance to environmental, social and/or governance (ESG) issues.

This month’s interview, the sixth interview in the special interview series, is about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and is with Karen Maas, Scientific Director, Executive CSR Courses, Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is a leading academic institution in the world. It has a long-standing tradition of high-quality education and research. The best of its graduates have made outstanding contributions to science, government and business. The ESE enjoys great acclaim in the Netherlands and abroad for its fundamental and applied scientific research. Its two graduate schools, the Erasmus Research School of Management (ERIM) and the Tinbergen Institute (TI), are among the very best research institutes and graduate schools in the world. The Erasmus School of Economics strategically has a clear focus on economics. It is the only school in the Netherlands which explicitly educates business economics. All faculty members are involved in both research and teaching. This allows the ESE to thrive. Just as they were 100 years ago, the economists are the pounding heart of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Its post-experience and executive programmes offer professionals the opportunity to broaden their knowledge. Since 2007, the Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance (ESAA) offers an executive course on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The courses CSR Management and CSR Reporting and Assurance focus on theory and practice. In 2011, an international Corporate Social Responsibility Autumn School with a five-day program was organised by ESAA and CSR Expert. Due to the success of this event, the program will be offered again from October 29 – November 2, 2012. For more information please click here. Karen Maas (1970) finished her studies with a Master of Science in Economics at the Erasmus University in 1995. After graduation, she worked for 12 years as a (senior) consultant and project leader in the field of environmental economics, sustainability and CSR. Since September 2007 she works at the Erasmus School of Economics and in 2009 she defended her PhD research on “Social Impact Measurement.” She is involved at the Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (ECSP) and conducts research in the field of impact measurement, CSR and Strategic Philanthropy. Karen is Scientific Director of the Executive CSR courses at the Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance. She is member of the advisory board of “De Groene Zaak” and is a member of the board of the Erasmus Education Fund.

Click here to read the interview with Karen Maas