Corporate Social Responsibility Student Association



Corporate Social Responsibility Student Association

About Us

The Ryerson Corporate Social Responsibility Student Association (CSRSA) is a student group at the Ted Rogers School of Management. CSRSA is committed to making the business world a better place. We operate on a strong definition of CSR, which is the same as the ISO26000 definition, and we use this to raise awareness and educate the Ryerson student body about the benefits of solid CSR commitments. 

CSRSA strives to promote the impacts of CSR to students, as well as industry, by connecting students with academia and industry leaders in this field. CSR is a growing commitment by various industries, and the CSRSA is committed to promoting such commitments in order to encourage the type of decision making and behaviours that are consistent with the ISO26000 definition of CSR.

ISO26000 Definition of CSR:

"The responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that: contributes to sustainable development, considers health and the welfare of society; takes into account the expectations of the stakeholders (including government and competitors); is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour; and is integrated throughout the organization and practiced in its relationships".   

-  ISO26000


CSR Pledge

CSR Pledge

Purpose of the TRSM CSR Pledge:

To create student awareness and a commitment to learning throughout the Ryerson business education experience about corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues (taken here as encompassing environment/social/governance (ESG) issues, sustainability issues and business ethics issues). This stems from recognition that the social responsibility dimensions of business affects all Canadians at multiple levels (including as individuals, students, consumers, citizens, taxpayers, members of communities, workers, managers, owners, and in other capacities). By making the Pledge at the beginning of studies, students are indicating their desire to understand and incorporate CSR values in their educational pursuits, with a view to committing to the CSR Pledge as students leave their educational journey and begin their business careers.

2016-2017 TRSM CSR Pledge:

As a student in the Ted Rogers School of Management, for the duration of my studies, I will strive to commit myself to continuous learning and development concerning:

  • the ways that I, as an individual student, can recognize corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues in my courses and throughout my educational experience at TRSM;
  • the evolving meaning of CSR and related terms such as sustainability and business ethics, and their inter-connections;
  • the ways in which ideas about CSR can be integrated into strategic business decision making to create value for businesses and affected stakeholders;
  • the ways that sustainability and CSR relate to risk and wealth creation in business;
  • the ways that workforce diversity relates to CSR and overall business performance;
  • the ways that CSR can help to prevent business corruption; and
  • the ways that my awareness of the importance of CSR to business performance can enhance professional development and personal growth.

Acknowledging these points, I pledge to be persistent in my pursuit of knowledge and hold myself to the highest ethical standards in a manner that aligns with the underlying values of CSR.


CSR Oath

CSR Oath

The CSR Pledge differs from the CSR Oath in that the Pledge is a commitment to learn, provided early in the business education process, whereas the Oath is a commitment to adhere to CSR values in the business world, taken at the end of academic studies.

The TRSM CSR Oath:

As a graduate of bachelor of commerce at Ted Rogers School of Management, in the eyes of my peers and community, I make this Ryerson University TRSM CSR Oath, to help guide my future decisions:

  • as a business leader I recognize my role in society.
  • my purpose is to lead people and manage resources to create value that no single individual can create alone.
  • my decisions affect the well-being of individuals inside and outside my enterprise, today and tomorrow.
  • Therefore, I promise that:
  • I will manage my enterprise with loyalty and care, and will not advance my personal interests at the expense of my enterprise or society.
  • I will ensure to the best of my abilities that the pursuit of shareholder growth is done in a socially responsible way, taking into account the interests of other stakeholders.
  • I will understand and uphold, in letter and spirit, the laws and contracts governing my conduct and that of my enterprise.
  • I will refrain from corruption, unfair competition, or business practices harmful to society.
  • I will protect the human rights and dignity of all people affected by my enterprise, and I will oppose discrimination and exploitation.
  • I will protect the right of future generations to advance their standard of living and enjoy a healthy planet.
  • I will report the performance and risks of my enterprise accurately and honestly.
  • I will invest in developing myself and others, helping the management profession continue to advance and create sustainable and inclusive prosperity.
  • In exercising my professional duties according to these principles, I recognize that my behavior must set an example of integrity, eliciting trust and esteem from those I serve. I will remain accountable to my peers and to society for my actions and for upholding these standards.

This oath I make freely, and upon my honour.