Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalised World
The HSBA Summer School on CSR Management – Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalised World is designed to train you in the fields of business ethics, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and to stimulate a discourse about current and future goals, challenges and most importantly about the social and economic opportunities that correspond with responsible and sustainable business conduct. It offers a unique chance to discuss current issues, future trends and new business models with your peers from around the world as well as with high profile lecturers, key note speakers and business representatives.
Due to the current development of the Corona pandemic, 2021 summer school will be paused.
Anna took part in the Summer School on CSR Management in 2017 and we were lucky enough to ask her some questions on her Summer School experience. Thank you Anna!
What was your first impression of Hamburg and HSBA?
Hamburg is a remarkable city. I really enjoyed spending two weeks there. It has so much to offer: numerous districts with their own culture and architecture, street art, contrast of modern and historical buildings, great food...and of course the port! I am grateful to the organising team of the HSBA Summer School for arranging a private boat trip around the port for us. However, the port trip was not the only great thing about the Summer School - the whole programme was greatly planned: interesting lecturers, company visits, a tour to the town hall and around St. Pauli district, a barbecue on HSBA's rooftop as well as canoeing.
The participants of the Summer School are from many different countries, where are you from?
I come from Ukraine. However, at the Summer School I was the only Ukrainian. There were people from all over the globe: USA, Pakistan, Ghana, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Germany, Cambodia. Such a diversity significantly contributed to fruitful discussions of CSR topics as people brought up examples from their home countries or countries where they lived/studied/worked.
What is special about your home country?
Ukraine is a great country, which can offer a lot to its visitors: historical landmarks and numerous sigtseeing places, delicious cuisine, hospitable and friendly people.
Did the Summer School live up to your expectations?
The Summer School definitely lived up to my expectation and beyond. First, the organisation was great, both curriculum and all the extracurricular activities. I think that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Airbus and the Aurubis production sites as well as to present analyses of CSR strategies to sustainability managers of Otto Group and Bosch. Secondly, people were awesome. I met so many great people, with whom I still stay in touch. Last but not least, I really liked that HSBA staff came to tell the participants about the educational opportunities in HSBA and Germany.
What did you experience during your time at HSBA that you did not expect?
I did not expect that the organisers would put so much effort into it. I had a marvelous time in Hamburg and at HSBA.
Did you have a remarkable encounter with people from Hamburg or classmates you would like to share?
My classmates and I did some travelling over the weekend. We went to Heiligenhafen on the Baltic sea, to Kampen on Sylt island on the North sea and to Luebeck. The most memorable place was Sylt island. We rented bikes there and cycled for 5 hours straight, most of the times taking pictures while riding. We relaxed a bit on the beach and checked out local neighbourhoods. I am grateful to Prof. Jastram for a great travel destination advice.