Corporate social responsibility and sustainability are popular concepts, but they are often misconstrued and poorly implemented.

Business and human rights (BHR) discourse emerged as a regulatory critique to corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Against the backdrop of the increasing power, influence and control of businesses globally, but especially in the developing economies such as in Africa, this course blends theory and practical insights with an understanding of the complementary concepts of CSR, BHR and sustainability.

It provides an integrated study of CSR and BHR in African context and an excellent opportunity for participants to understand how these constructs are operationalised within African countries and in major international regulatory dialogues across the world.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the nuances concerning these concepts, and will not only appreciate the extent of their rights and responsibilities in CSR-related and BHR-inspired legislations in South Africa and beyond, but will also be better able to comply with such CSR and BHR requirements within the jurisdiction.

Join us for an six-hour course, held over two days.

When and where?

22 and 23 July 2024, 09:00 to 12:00 SAST

This course will be held remotely, most likely on Zoom - exact details will be sent to registered participants a few days before the course.

Course outline

The following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to CSR, BHR and sustainability
  • Terminologies: conceptual clarifications
  • Country-by-country conceptual analysis of CSR, BHR and sustainability
  • World outlook of CSR, BHR and Sustainability in international regulatory dialogues
  • CSR and BHR in practice: stakeholder engagement and risk management

Who will benefit from this course?

The course will not only appeal to academics, researchers and policy-makers, but will also be applicable to corporate managers, executives and directors, attorneys, legal consultants, compliance officers, and company secretaries, among others.


Dr Nojeem Amodu has a doctorate in commercial and industrial law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His thesis, bordering on Business and Human Rights (BHR) together with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the extractive industries, won the ‘Best PhD Thesis in Humanities’ award. Nojeem also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the law faculty of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He currently maintains affiliation as Research Associate with both the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, UK and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Nojeem had also at different times been an exchange scholar under support grants from the Max Planck Society and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Dr Amodu effectively combines scholarship in the legal aspects of CSR and BHR with more than 15 years industry experience as a legal counsel and senior contracts advisor in multinational companies including TotalEnergies EP Nigeria Limited, and Dangote Industries Limited.

How much?

R2,100 per person


A certificate of attendance from UCT will be issued to those who attend the full course.

How to sign up

Complete and submit the registration form. You will then be given the payment information. Please note that registrations will not be accepted until payment has been made.

One or two days before the course, we will send you the Zoom link. You will need to register and use a password to enter the virtual classroom.

Registrations close three days before the course starts.

Download the brochure.

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