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1 October 2015

The 2° Challenge, Climate is our Business




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About the event:

HEC Paris is convinced that global warming must be kept below 2 degrees Celsius, and that businesses have a major role to play in achieving this goal. It therefore rallied the entire HEC Paris community together—students, professors, administrative staff, alumni, the Foundation, companies and other partner organizations—to create an event that marks a turning point in HEC’s commitment to this issue.
HEC Paris undertakes to raise awareness among its stakeholders about the magnitude of this challenge, and initiate a substantive discussion—without taboos or biases—on the changes that the issues of climate change will require of the business world. It is seeking to create a dynamic of widespread mobilization.
The “The 2°C Challenge, Climate is our Business” event took place on October 1st 2015.

It brought students, professors, alumni, and HEC partner companies together to our campus. After examining the specific topics—such as the impact of mass consumption, energy transition, and the carbon market—with the goal of bringing forth concrete solutions, prestigious speakers presented their vision on the future of business in a world subjected to the constraint of 2°C warming to a thousand-person audience in the HEC Hall of Honor, as well as by webcast.


Among the inspiring keynote speakers:

Jeremy Rifkin, economic and social theorist;

Bertrand Badré (H.89), Managing Director & Group CFO at World Bank Group;

Emmanuel Faber (H.86), CEO of Danone;

Bruno Lafont (H.77), co-president of Lafarge-Holcim;

Tristan Lecomte (H.96), Founder of Alter Eco and Pur Projet;

and Hervé Le Treut, climatologist and IPCC member. 

Claire Tutenuit, General Secretary of Entreprises pour l'environnement (EPE) led the debates.

The program at a glance:

  • Opening conference at 13:00
  • "Entrepreneurs for Climate" Forum from 12:00 to 18:00
  • Workshop sessions from 14:15 to 17:30
  • Evening conference at 18:45

All information on the program of the day on the dedicated website

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