Responsible Business from East to West 2024 – Study Tour to Japan

Business creates, and sometimes destroys, values for customers, suppliers, employees, and society. Different from the traditional profit maximisation approach, a new model of business has been emerging – a model in which a business also pays attention to the key stakeholders and society. Popular terms like Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Creating Shared Value (CSV), Responsible Business and Business Sustainability, to name a few, are all built on this new model.

The Workshop “Responsible Business – from East to West” brings together experts from Taiwan, Japan, UK, and Poland to discuss what this new business model means, and how it benefits businesses themselves and the world at the same time.

The workshop series consists of 6 interactive, and discussion-based classes co-led by Dr. Fred Ku and experts from overseas. We will use case method, and discuss cases from both developed and developing economies, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, and Poland.

Through this Workshop, you will:

1. Have a deep understanding on different social issues faced by different economies

2. Learn how businesses can create financial and social values by helping resolve these issues

3. Act as a business leader to balance doing good and doing well

The Workshop is jointly offered by CUHK Business School and National Chiayi University. Students will have the valuable opportunities to interact with peers from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Students will have the opportunity to join a study tour to Tokyo, Japan in mid/late May to gain invaluable insights into the country’s cutting-edge approach to sustainable business practices and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. Through this study tour, you can gain better understanding of how businesses can lead the charge in creating a better future for all.

Schedule* and Activities:

  • 6 class meetings (~120 minutes each)
  • Study tour
Class Meeting 0
Overall Introduction
Date: 26 Feb 2024, Tue, 6:30 – 8:15pm HKT
Class Meeting 1
ESG & Sustainability in Hong Kong
Date: 27 Feb 2024, Tue, 4:30 – 6:15pm HKT
Class Meeting 2
ESG Advisory in Hong Kong
Date: 5 Mar 2024, Tue, 4:30 – 6:15pm HKT
Class Meeting 3
Sustainability Risk in Value Chain
Date: 12 Mar 2024, Tue, 4:30 – 6:15pm HKT
Class Meeting 4
Sustainability & Japanese Business Culture
Date: 19 Mar 2024, Tue, 4:30 – 6:00pm HKT
Class Meeting 5
Managing Social Enterprise
Date: 26 Mar 2024, Tue, 4:30 – 6:15pm HKT
(Backup date)
Date: 9 Apr 2024, Tue, 4:30 – 6:15pm HKT
Study Tour in Japan
Date: 13 – 18 May 2024 (Tentative)

* The class schedule and discussion topics are tentative and subject to change.



For enquiry, please contact Ms. Esther Tam at .


  1. This Workshop corresponds to a two-credit study tour to be offered during the summer semester of academic year 2023/24.

International Partners

  • National Chiayi University, Taiwan
    • Offering EMBA and DBA programs to business executives, the Department of Business Administration of NCYU engages in practical business research and has close relationship with industry practitioners.
  • Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan
    • Ranked no. 1 in Japan by Financial Times (FT), NUCB Business School offers the best EMBA programs in Japan (QS EMBA 2019). NUCB is known for the use of case method and its internationalized student body, and its close connection with business enterprises in Japan.
  • Coventry University, United Kingdom
    • Founded by experts in business sustainability, the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS), Coventry University, focuses on organizational practices and the management of corporate responsibilities.
  • University of the National Education Commission, Krakow
    • Founded in 1946, UP is the largest and one of the oldest universities in Poland. A team of social entrepreneurship expert from “Innovative Social Entrepreneurship with Young Engagement” (INN@SE) that aims to promote an EU culture of SE among society.