SnO events

4 December 2008

HEC Paris new course: Launch of the Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty Chair

HEC Paris launches the Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty Chair in cooperation with Danone, co-presided by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus and former High Commissioner for Active Solidarities against Poverty for the French Government Martin Hirsch.

Over the years, HEC Paris has multiplied its initiatives in sustainable development and societal innovation initiatives, most notably with:- The creation of the Master of Science/Major in Sustainable Development and of the Major in Alternative Management- The development of partnerships with French educational institutions nation-wide to promote access to business schools for technologically-oriented students- The participation in the “Grenelle Environment Round Table” and the “Grenelle Social Integration Round Table”.

With the launch of the Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty Chair, it shows that these initiatives are elements of an organizational learning process that HEC Paris wants to intensify and extend further, positioning them at the heart of the school’s strategy.The fact that Professor Muhammad Yunus received the Honoris Causa distinction in October 2005 was an important milestone in the process and reinforced HEC Paris’ involvement and engagement in social and environmental issues.

For several years now, students from various programs at HEC Paris have been engaging in more and more BOP-related or social business missions. The increasing number of conferences, student papers and theses about social business and the fight against poverty reflects the need for research development and specialized teaching to address these innovative questions.Many HEC Professors are now involved in societal problems, and have thus refocused much of their work in case studies and academic research.

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