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S&O Center

To train change-makers and leaders towards a responsible and sustainable management

A school that shapes the future

The S&O Center aims to blend its research into the curriculum and the teaching methods of HEC programs. The objective is clear: to train managers capable of grasping the major challenges of our time and becoming leading forces in the transformation of business and society.

Developing and diffusing new knowledge

The S&O Center is currently hard at work developing innovative teaching methods that ensure all students receive a grounding in contemporary challenges during their time at HEC Paris. These initiatives include the ‘Sustainable GlobStrat’ business game and FACT (Field in Action), applied classes that give first-year students the opportunity to participate in real projects alongside social entrepreneurs in France and elsewhere.

Two MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) were launched in 2015 and 2016: “Time to Reorganize! Understand Organizations, Act, and Build a Meaningful World” and “How to become a social entrepreneur”. The S&O Center is also working on reorganizing and reinforcing existing courses and specialized programs (Master in Sustainable & Social Innovation, Social Business/Enterprise & Poverty Certificate, among others).

Assimilating new ways of being

Achieving a better understanding of oneself is an essential condition for the development of responsible leadership. Thus, the S&O Center is currently establishing a program of seminars and a dedicated coaching platform designed to help students gain such understanding and truly reflect upon their values, personal drive, and professional ambitions. The Center will also place renewed emphasis on the value of experience in the field, which is crucial to the development of future decision-makers who are responsible and open-minded.


Executive Director of S&0 and Founder of the « Sustainability & Social Innovation » Master’s and the « Inclusive and Social Business » Certificate

We have been committed to train change-makers for more than 15 years. We enlighten their leadership for a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Various programs

The S&O Center offers a wide range of courses and programs at all degree levels. Beyond this catalogue, it is working to integrate sustainability and societal issues in core courses. 

Which courses?

Experiential learning

The S&O Center places renewed emphasis on the value of experience in the field, crucial to the development of future decision-makers who are responsible and open-minded.

On the field


The S&O Center designed and created these Massive Open Online Courses to accompany all those who want to have a positive impact on society.  Participants learn how to put ideas into action.

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