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  The Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (CSRI) at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder program that seeks to study and enhance the public contributions of private enterprise. It explores the intersection of corporate responsibility, corporate governance, public policy, and international development. It bridges theory and practice, builds leadership skills, and supports constructive dialogue and collaboration among business, government, civil society and academics. The CSRI engages with and draws upon the expertise of other parts of Harvard University, in particular the Business School, the Law School, and School of Public Health. The Initiative also works with other leading CSR organizations, government bodies, non-governmental organizations and companies to leverage innovative policy research and examples of good practice in this field. It was founded in 2004 with the support of Walter H. Shorenstein, Chevron Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company, and General Motors.

The CSRI is a collaboration between M-RCBG, The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, The Center for Public Leadership, and The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Within the Kennedy School, the CSRI works closely with the Hauser Center’s Institute for Responsible Investment (IRI). The IRI’s Founding Director, Steve Lydenberg, co-teaches a course in Corporate Social Responsibility with CSRI Faculty Chair John Ruggie and CSRI Director Jane Nelson; the course is next scheduled for Spring 2012.