Inclusive and Social Business Strategies Key Features

This intensive summer program is an opportunity for students to understand the reasons that prompt firms to contribute to poverty alleviation. As part of this experiential program, participants will develop innovative inclusive and social business models.

Frédéric Dalsace and Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, Academic Directors, Inclusive and Social Business Summer Program.

Why this summer program?

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  • Created and taught by leading HEC Paris Professors
  • Accessible to students (of all backgrounds) with an interest in societal issues and willing to examine the role of business in society
  • Opportunity to understand how to become an actor & a change maker/catalyst of change
  • Real-life business cases
  • Real-life experience: student group work co-creating an innovative business solution to a social issue, culminating by final student presentation
  • Exposition to new ways of thinking: Reverse innovation, Strategic renewal, Leadership and Innovation management, Social Impact Assessment, etc.

A program rooted in current economic realities

If you think that the current economic model does not really need change, and that the environmental and societal challenges will be solved “one way or another”, this program is NOT for you… However, if you think that change is required, and if you feel becoming part of the solution, then WELCOME to this intensive 2-week program! 

We believe that the clock is ticking and that innovation is required to shift things around. We believe that firms, small and large, play a powerful role in this transformation process, and that the winners of tomorrow’s economy are the one who develop “innovation with purpose”.

This program focuses on the societal challenges; poverty remains a strong reality in the developing world, even in countries which experience high growth rates. It is also on the rise in many – if not all – developed countries. To fight poverty, philanthropic action, public authorities and international institutions have shown their limits.  In this program, students discover how forward-looking firms develop creative market-based solutions to alleviate poverty, at times in partnership with civil society and public authorities. Students are exposed to social enterprises with innovative business models, as well as established firms who have realized it is in their interest to develop inclusive business models.  Students will work in teams in coordination with leading executives in the formulation of an inclusive business model to be presented to a Final Jury at the session close.

The summer school program was launched by The Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Chair, co-presided by Professor Muhammad Yunus (Founder of the Grameen Bank and Nobel Prize Recipient 2006) and Martin Hirsch (former French High Commissioner on Active Solidarity against Poverty). It is part of HEC’s Society & Organization Center, which is sponsored by forward-looking firms such as Danone, Schneider Electric, Renault, Sodexo and Veolia.