HEC Paris Social Business Chair’s objectives are also to contribute to an more inclusive economy, in France and in other developed countries as well as in developing countries and to facilitate the emergence of new economic models based on the principles of social business.
This initiative brings together HEC academics, large firms, government members and heads of the non-profit organizations with the objective of alleviating poverty through business. For example, the Chair co-designs experiments and plays the role of intermediary or facilitator between the different actors.
In France, the Chair has a privileged partnership with the Action Tank Entreprise Pauvreté, whose aim is to catalyse and facilitate synergies between companies who have decided to tackle a social issue in France and other actors they need to work with like NGOs, public authorities…
In developing countries, students and professors work on designing economic models focusing on accessibility for the Base of the Pyramid. The companies they have worked with include Schneider Electric, Kraft, Danone, Bouygues, Bell…