Inclusive Business and Value Creation, a new executive program to develop alternative business practices

26 June 2014

The first participants were gathered on 24th June 2014 near Calais for the launch of the first global open enrolment program dedicated to ‘Inclusive Business and Value Creation’ with Ashoka and Hystra. The program aims to develop alternative business practices, and is designed as an accelerator for business executives wanting to design, implement and scale projects or new business lines which are socially and environmentally inclusive.

The program, which starts today, will take place at a social enterprise near Calais for 3 ½ days of intensive training. Participants will work alongside staff to help those on subsidized employment contracts with gardening, meal preparation, and wood-work. They will follow a comprehensive program which will enable them to develop their projects more strategically and inclusively. With this experimental learning approach, which combines field exposure with community practice, participants will be able to anticipate and avoid potential obstacles and thus give their projects a greater chance of success.

The program is taught by the faculty of the HEC Paris Social Business Chair. It can be studied in one of two locations: Calais, France, or Nairobi, Kenya, where the program is scheduled for spring 2015. Program participants have typically ten or more years of management experience and are part of the team determining the strategic direction of their company. They each have a work project that they will continue to co-develop during the program with the aid of project tutoring and peer-to-peer coaching. Projects are devoted to issues such as access to water, medicines, energy and waste management.

HEC Paris has created this program in partnership with the sponsors of the HEC Social Business/ Enterprise and Poverty Chair, Danone, Schneider Electric, Renault, founding members Ashoka and Hystra, and strategic partner CSR Europe.

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