Details for Koc University, Business School
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
Sign Up Date to PRME
02 Dec 2008
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
03 Jul 2015
Sharing Information on Progress (2014)
Period Covered: Jan 2013 to Dec 2014
This report highlights Koç University’s Anatolian Scholarships program which targets students from under-developed cities in Turkey; curriculum changes to emphasize social and environmental responsibility; and new programs on sustainability. The primary accomplishment was the creation of an umbrella organization, KUSIF (Koç University Social Impact Forum). KUSIF activities include impact research, workshops, stakeholder projects, a community engagement program, network meetings, and more.
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Koç School of Business's mission explicitly states that our programs aim to produce graduates who will adhere to the highest ethical standards, feel social responsibility and be committed to the values of democracy. The ‘Koç Education’ include education in social issues, responsibilities, ethics and professionalism. Social responsibility and ethics are in the core of our values.
With its strong commitment to these values, in November 2007, Koç University has signed United Nations Global Compact at a ceremony where Koffi Annan was present. By signing Global Compact, we pledged our commitment to contribute to the objective of increasing knowledge and understanding of corporate citizenship with our research, educational resources, learning know-how, and infrastructure. Our objective is to advance the agenda of the Global Compact at the local and global levels, and to play an important role in shaping future business leaders and educating them on the importance of responsible citizenship.
We also practice these values in the way we manage our resources. Koç University shows great concern for the environment and undertakes initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility. These initiatives include recycling waste water and using it again for irrigation purposes, measuring the carbon emission on a regular basis (it is consistently below the permitted levels), collecting used vegetable oil for conversion to biofuel by state certified institutions, collecting and recycling paper, disposing of batteries and medical waste in line with the environmental standards.
There are several courses offered at the School at different levels which address issues related to ethical behavior and corporate responsibility. In the undergraduate core program, an ethics course is offered. Elective courses offered in the School such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Management of Non-profit Organizations directly cover these topics. Functional courses in finance and accounting cover topics related to ethics and professional conduct within the scope of several courses. The selection process of our new Master of Science in Finance program as a CFA Partner program included a thorough analysis of the coverage of ethics in our curriculum.
Koç School of Business invited a prominent faculty member who works in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility in Spring 2009 to offer courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and also to organize activities that will be geared towards increasing the awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility in the corporate world in Turkey. With a similar objective, Koç School of Business organized one of the first conferences on corporate governance with Corporate Governance Association of Turkey in 2003.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The research on corporate social responsibility has been carried out by individual faculty members in different functional areas.
The faculty publications in these areas in recent areas are given below:
Yoon, Yeosun, Zeynep Gürhan-Canli, Norbert Schwarz (2006), “The Effect of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Activities on Companies with Bad Reputations,” Journal of Consumer Psychology, 16 (4), 377-390.
Yoon, Yeosun, Zeynep Gürhan-Canli, and Beyza Bozok (2006), “Drawing Inferences about Others Based on Corporate Social Responsibility Associations,” Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 34 (2), 167-173 (special issue on corporate branding, identity, and customer response).
We are planning to organize a conference for the general public on social responsibility and sustainability in Spring 2009.