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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?

While business and capitalism have massively contributed to social and economic development, including a material reduction of poverty, it has become clear that the system is failing in several important ways:

  • The planet is under stress due to the impact of business on the environment
  • The level of inequality has reached unacceptable levels in many countries
  • Business falls short in engaging, inspiring, and fulfilling the majority of employees
  • The pace of change and the level of uncertainty in the world is leaving many people confused, ill-equipped, and disoriented, as many old rules and skills are seen as outdated or ineffective.

The Society & Organizations Institute is an interdisciplinary Institute at HEC Paris that brings together over 50 professors and educators. Together, they carry out research, teach and implement ideas to organize and lead our responses to the daunting challenges of our time. These contemporary challenges include climatic constraints, social inequality, loss of purpose, technological disruption, epidemics, social contestation, ethical imperatives, and liberalization and regulation. 

Our purpose is to reinvent business through promoting sustainability and unleashing human potential.


Its mission statement is to contribute to our understanding of these phenomena, support anyone with a role to play in these transformations, and prepare future generations of managers to lead in these complicated times. We seek to participate in a re-foundation of business and market organization, inside-out through research, education and action, and outside-in through the recognition of key stakeholders, including investors, civil society, and regulators


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

History of S&O



Common and ambitious project that has grown at HEC Paris since 2003

S&O Contacts

Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot - HEC Paris
Associate Professor (Education Track), HEC Paris
S&O - François Collin
François Collin
Director for Climate and Environmental Sustainability
S&O - Cécile de Lisle
Cécile De Lisle
Executive Director of the Purposeful Leadership Chair
Elisabeth de Reals
Education and Event Project Manager
Laurianne Thoury - HEC Paris
Communications Projects Manager
Iiris Sacchet - photo contact 2019
Iiris Sacchet
S&O Coordinator