Inclusive and Social Business 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 of 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

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 intensive 2-week summer 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 executives in the formulation of an inclusive business model to be presented to a Final Jury at the session close.

The Inclusive and Social Business Summer School Program is 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). The Social Business / Enterprise and Poverty Chair is sponsored by Danone , Schneider Electric and Renault.