How do corporations dedicate their time to the communities around them? How do they decide on corporate social responsibility objectives and then measure their success in these areas?
These were some of the questions examined by a group of 17 students from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI during their spring break study abroad program to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Our class was all about understanding the role that organizations can take in addressing issues in society,” said Emily Murphy, lecturer in business communications and the faculty advisor for the trip. “Argentina has a very unique economic and political history, so in addition to studying the evolution of CSR in the US, we also studied the past 40 years in Argentina’s history and examined how that and the current economic reality shapes its people and their lives.”
The class spent eight days meeting with organizations, building a rain water collection system for a local school with Agua Segura, and participating in cultural activities such as learning the tango and a traditional barbecue known as an asado.