Chairs and Centers

Social Business

Danone, Schneider Electric and Renault

Certificate Chair Holder: Frédéric Dalsace, Associate Professor of Marketing


Launched in 2008, the aim of the HEC Paris Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty chair is threefold:

  1. To educate the next generation of managers, in order for them to become aware of societal challenges and aspire to be part of the solution, regardless of their professional activity; The Chair offers an integrated program of more than 100 contact hours - the “Social Business Certificate Program” -  as well as several shorter courses  on the topic.
  2. To develop research on strategic innovation in societal fields: academic research, applied research, and action research, writing case studies on themes involving social business and the ways in which business can contribute to alleviating poverty.
  3. To bring together large firms, government members and civil society to contribute to building a more inclusive economy, in France and in developed countries. The goal is to help firms create innovative business plans like social business and develop a series of social experimentations seeking to alleviate poverty.

This Chair is co-presided by Muhammad Yunus and Martin Hirsch.

Professor Muhammad Yunus, known as the ‘banker of the poor’, is a Bangladeshi economist and entrepreneur. He founded the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. He has also been HEC Honoris Causa Professor since 2005.

Martin Hirsch, graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the ENA, is the former President of the “Emmaus France” charity organization, former High Commissioner for Active Solidarities and High Commissioner to Youth in the French government. He is now Head of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris.

The Chair receives financial support from Danone, Schneider Electric, Renault but also the French Government (Direction Générale de la Cohésion Sociale) and private donors.

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