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About the S&O Institute

The Society and Organizations (S&O) Institute is an inter-disciplinary center at HEC Paris whose members research on and teach about the contemporary challenges that organizations face and how these organizations mold society. Its purpose is to reinvent business through promoting sustainability and unleashing human potential.


What is S&O Institute?


The Society & Organizations Institute (S&O) is an interdisciplinary institute of HEC Paris that brings together more than 60 professors and researchers who work on the issues of meaning, social inclusion and respect for the environment within companies.
With its three centers, Purpose, Inclusive Economy and Climate & Earth, our mission is to contribute to the understanding of the major issues of our time, to accompany all those who have a role to play in the transformations that are required, and to prepare future generations of leaders for their responsibilities.

Our objective is to help rebuild companies and markets on a sounder basis through research, teaching and action, but also by deciphering the issues for the main stakeholders (investors, civil society, regulators, etc.).



Have a look at the S&O Brochure

White Paper : Why sustainability is key to business performance

White Paper: Leadership and Change Management



Leading with Purpose for an Inclusive and Sustainable World


Our Members


The S&O Institute gathers not only professors from HEC Paris, but also PhD students, research affiliates, research fellows, visiting professors, and members of the HEC staff.

Members list

Our Partners


The S&O Institute is supported by the HEC Foundation and its action is supported by numerous individual donors and corporate partners.

Partners list

S&O Team

Rodolphe Durand - HEC Paris
Founder and Academic Director of S&O
S&O - Cécile de Lisle
Cécile De Lisle
Executive Director of the S&O Institute
Iiris Sacchet - photo contact 2019
Iiris Sacchet
S&O Project Manager
Laurianne Thoury
Communications Projects Manager
Communications Officer Apprentice
Bertrand Quélin
Holder of the Smart Cities and the Common Good Chair

Purpose Center contacts

Rodolphe Durand
Academic Director of the Purpose Center, Holder of the Joly Family Purposeful Leadership Chair
Romain Briat
Executive Director of the Purpose Center

Inclusive Economy Center

Marieke Huysentruyt
Academic Director of the Inclusive Economy Center
Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot - HEC Paris
Executive Director of the Inclusive Economy Center
Elisabeth de Reals
Education and Event Project Manager

Climate & Earth Center

Daniel Halbheer
Academic Director of the Climate&Earth Center, Holder of the Business models on the circular economy Chair
Marie-Pierre Seyfried
Project Director of the Climate & Earth Center
Igor Shishlov
Affiliate on climate change economics
Jean Michel Gauthier
Holder of the Energy and Finance Chair
Sam Aflaki
Holder of the Sustainability and supply chain analytics Chair