About the S&O Center
The Society and Organizations (S&O) Center 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 (e.g. firms, NGOs, rating agencies, regulators) mold society.
What is S&O Center?
Contemporary challenges include, but are not limited to, climatic constraints, social inequality, technological disruption, ecological values, ethical imperatives, liberalization, regulation, and more.
The S&O Center’s mission statement is to contribute to our understanding of these phenomena, accompany actors of these transformations, and prepare future generations of managers to lead in these complex environments.
To further anchor HEC Paris strategy of putting social impact at the heart of business policy, the S&O Center cofounded the Movement for Social*Business Impact (MS*BI) in November 9, 2016, in the presence of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and top representatives from six multinational companies among whom was Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone. This ambitious new initiative aims at contributing to a more inclusive economy, where businesses maximize both their social impact and their business performance.
The S&O Center thus relies on three complementary pillars: Think, Teach, and Act.
The S&O Center is supported by the HEC Foundation. It manages the Movement for Social*Business Impact launched in November 2016 together with the Action Tank "Social & Business".
History of S&O
Common and ambitious project that has grown at HEC Paris since 2003