First editon of the Social and Sustainable Business Week on campus

10 February 2015

HEC Paris is hosting its Social and Sustainable Business Week from 10 to 12 February 2015. Students will have the chance to discover solutions to today's social and environmental issues through lectures, meet-and-greets and workshops. A careers fair dedicated to 'social economy' jobs will also take place during the week.

HEC Paris Social and Sustainable Business Week

Since the creation of the Specialized Master in Management for Sustainable Development in 2003, now the MSc in Sustainability and Social Innovation, and the Social Business, Enterprise and Poverty Chair (co-chaired by Muhammad Yunus) in 2008, social business has increased its profile at HEC. From teaching and research to student associations, lectures, careers fairs and on-campus partner company presentations, the number of initiatives is multiplying.
Acknowledging this burgeoning success, ESP'R is organizing the first edition of the 'Social and Sustainable Business Week', which aims to make students aware of business that is as interested in economics as it is in social, human and environmental issues.
This week will also see the third edition of the Social Innovation Forum. This careers fair, organized with the Social Business, Enterprise and Poverty Chair and the HEC Delegation for Equal Opportunities, gives HEC and partner school students the opportunity to meet with key actors and structures involved in the social economy.


Tuesday 10 February, 8pm

'Sustainable development: a new business priority' masterclass hosted by Chéa Lun, Director of Solidarity Sourcing at l'Oréal, and Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, co-founder of the HEC Social Business, Entreprise and Poverty chair and of the HEC MSc in Sustainability and Social Innovation.
Wednesday 11 February, 8pm

'Social business in France: why not you?' lecture with three French entrepreneurs:
Jean-Louis Kiehl: Head of Crésus Federation (regional agencies preventing over-indebtedness), Jean-Louis launched an innovative business model to fight against over-indebtedness and now works in partnership with various finance establishments and public authorities.
Jean-Michel Ricard: Through his structure Siel Bleu, he turned sport into a social integration tool for those who are at the fringe of society.
Matthieu Dardaillon: Aged only 24, and an ESCP Europe graduate, he is one of the stars of social entrepreneurship in France. He initiated the « Ticket 4 Change » project, a ten-day tour around France during which 50 young people discovered how to invent a new world through a unique form of business. Matthieu will also talk about our new MOOC, 'Become an entrepreneur of change'.

Thursday 13 February, 1pm onwards

Social innovation careers fair: a unique recruitment event bringing together businesses involved in delivering successful social and environment solutions.
- Twenty stands in the Hall of Honor (until 5pm), including Spear, Sense Cube, Gawad Kalinga (Philippines), PlaNetFinance, Enactus France or Ares Group.
- Enactus France lecture on 'How to build a profesionnal career that actually makes sense.'
- Enactus France workshop on 'How to build a career with your values.'
- 'Coffee debates' on the theme of social entrepreneurship


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