Corporate social responsibility (CSR) plays an increasingly greater role in many companies, organizations and non-profit associations. Neither companies, authorities nor NPOs can evade their social, economic and environmental responsibility. This increasingly requires professionals who can organize socially responsible and sustainable economic activities and implement CSR strategies.

This interdisciplinary course provides in-depth, hands-on training to prospective CSR managers and enables graduates to implement and realise strategies and measures for structured assumption of responsibility in businesses and organizations.

The FH BFI Vienna is a member of respACT (Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development) and member of the UN Global Compact UNGC. Karin Huber-Heim, scientific head of the course, is a member of the Austrian "UN Global Compact Steering Committee". The sustainable development goals ( are an essential part of the curriculum. Learn how to build a bridge from theory to practice in a network with key stakeholders.


  • Principles and basics of CSR
  • Development of integrated CSR strategies
  • Ethics and human image
  • Enterprise and human rights
  • Intercultural competence
  • Responsibility in the supply chain
  • Diversity management
  • CSR and stakeholder communication
  • Methods for measuring the impact of CSR
  • Sustainability reporting
  • European and international dimensions of CSR
  • Environmental and energy management
  • Compliance with international standards, auditioning processes and certifications
  • Good practice examples

Karin Huber-Heim
Scientific Director
FH-Lecturer, CSR and Communication

"A sustainable economy needs managers with integrity and vision. Our programme trains managers, who are capable of managing complexity and the impact of global value chains as well as claims of different stakeholders responsibly."


Ruth Williams, MSc, Graduate
Head of CSR & Business Cooperations, Caritas Austria

 “In the NGO sector in particular, the core mission itself is to be socially and ecologically sustainable. The Academic CSR Manager course has provided me with a toolkit with which I can strategically implement comprehensive CSR in any organization. The cross-industry exchange with the other participants is a valuable additional asset.“

Annette Kleinfeld

"Sustainable development - whether locally or globally – requires people in organisations who assume responsibility in thinking and acting. Our course contributes to their education essentially."


The programme in brief:

Academic degree: "Academic CSR-Manager", in compliance with FHStG
ECTS: 60
Costs: € 2.470,- / semester (VAT-exempt). Instalment payments are feasible on request.
Duration of studies: 2 semesters, 350 teaching units
Number of study places per year: 20 part-time per year
Start: 8 October 2018
Study periods: 1 block week  Mon-Sat all-day / semester, Fri afternoon / Sat all-day, 2-week intervals
Medium of instruction: German an English (70/30)
Target groups: top managers in private and public sectors, people in charge of CSR, communicationsmanagers and HR councillors, business consultants, project managers, top managers in NGOs
Admission requirements: a recognised academic degree (at least a bachelor's degree) or equivalent professional experience, very good English and German language skills, written application, participation in an admission interview