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Society & Organizations Institute

Climate and Earth

Climate and Earth

HEC Paris is committed to a sustainability strategy that is driven by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the imperative obligation for humankind to join forces to support climate action and protect both the environment and biodiversity.   

The business world recognizes today that the planet is under major stress due to two factors: the impact of economic activity on climate and the environment; and companies are not taking enough responsibility towards ecological and energy transitions.  
The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the risks derived from the destruction of natural ecosystems and the fragility of globalized economies. It has raised awareness on the possible disastrous consequences of a much larger-scale climate crisis.  

While more and more companies have embraced their environmental responsibilities and the objective of a decarbonized economy, they still miss a shared vision for solving the challenges and trade-offs NEEDED FOR business and industry transformations. Students want to become sustainable changemakers but they need the knowledge, networks and mentoring to make a difference as solution-builders. Research and higher education institutions have the mission to shape new visions and models for a carbon-zero and environmentally sustainable future, and provide policymakers, business leaders and students with a compass to navigate the challenges and uncertainties. 

It is the role of the S&O Institute  at HEC Paris to inspire and develop research and education with an impact on Climate & Earth- related topics. 


Lead news event HEC climate Days

HEC Climate Days - Event on the ecological transition and decarbonization

May 30-31, 2022 on HEC Campus

Check the website


Jun 12
6:30 pm

We are pleased to announce the organization of the 14th edition of the Medici Summer School in Management Studies for doctoral students and young researchers which will be held at HEC Paris, France, June 12– June 17, 2022. The school is organized and sponsored by Bologna Business School (University of Bologna), HEC Paris (Society and Organizations Institute), and MIT Sloan School of Management (Economic Sociology PhD Program).


Daniel Halbheer, Associate Professor of Marketing and holder of the FII Institute chair on “Business Models for the Circular Economy” at HEC Paris, has his research on Carbon Footprinting and Pricing...

BS4CL vignette

HEC Paris, founding partner of the alliance Business Schools for Climate Leadership is taking the lead with 7 European business schools to address the climate crisis and support business leaders by...

transition écologique

“This is an historical moment.” Since he took up his post, François Collin, Director for Climate and Environmental Sustainability at HEC Paris has been emphasizing how important it is for schools to bring...

Creative Destruction Lab

In its inaugural year, CDL-Paris hosted an Apprentice Module on Climate, featuring up-and-coming high school pupils from across Canada. The topic was in keeping with this year’s Creative Destruction Lab...

S&O - Portrait Hilary Matson- MBA alumni - vignette

Hilary Matson, HEC MBA alumna 2020 is the founder of Yūgen Earthside that aims at shaping the future of sustainable tourism. Thanks to her new online platform, she helps us to travel better to protect and...

S&O - François Collin - 2020

François Collin, Director of Climate and Environment Strategy at HEC Paris, testifies to the growing awareness of the ecological urgency, climate and biodiversity. He reacts to the call of the students of...

© HEC Paris / association ESP'R

The second 2020 HEC Paris Earth Week brought together around 2,000 students, staff members, academics and outside visitors in virtual exchanges focusing on the environmental challenges ahead. The 12-day...

Louis Fidel - Président d'ESP'R HEC PARIS

For the second time in a year, HEC Paris hosts Earth Week, a student-driven event designed both to promote social and environmental initiatives; and to debate over programs for sustainable development and...

© HEC Paris - Daniel Brown

HEC Paris has extended its commitment to the environment by expanding recycling waste operations initiated on campus in May. The 200m² Greenzone it has created is unique in France, designed to sort out...

© HEC Paris

HEC Paris and the Bouygues industrial group jointly launched the “Smart City and the Common Good” Chair. It will be headed by Professor Bertrand Quélin until 2023. In his October 12 online Masterclass...

Earthweek poster - poster

In February 2020, the HEC Paris campus welcomed a week-long event on the topics of sustainable innovation and responsible business, organized by the student association Esp’R. The 1,500 students living on...

Conférence d'Alain Grandjean à HEC Paris - décembre 2019

French economist Alain Grandjean joined HEC students and academics for a 90-minute exchange co-organized by Pour un Réveil Ecologique. The campus event with the cofounder of Carbone 4 was part of an S&O...

Guillaume  pitron - cycle de conférence S&O - 2019 vignette

November 20 saw “Le Salon HEC” student association organize a conference with the journalist and film director Guillaume Pitron. The students had discovered the writer last year when they awarded him the...

Renouvellement chaire Energie et Finance - HEC Paris / Société Générale - 15 oct. 2019

HEC and Société Générale have renewed a partnership for the Energy & Finance Chair stretching back to 2005. The October 15 on-campus ceremony was followed by an evening conference focusing on the “key to...

HEC Paris Student Shifting Mindset on Solar Energy Thanks to Customized Bike - Sushil Reddy

Since 2016, Sushil Reddy, an Indian student from MSc Sustainability & Social Innovation (SASI), has been powering his custom-made bicycle in his homeland, the U.S. and France. His aim? To convince...

Who will energize the future? HEC Paris analyses new strategies, new business models and new players at its 5th annual Energy Day - HEC Paris 2016

On March 11th, HEC Paris hosted its 5th annual edition of Energy Day. 150 HEC Paris students, alumni and keynote speakers from leading companies such as ENGIE, EDF, Deloitte, Google and SNCF were there to...

Green finance workshop - climate is our business

The pathway to reduce emissions and to limit global warming to 2°C will require substantial investment in clean energy technology. During the event: “The 2°C Challenge, Climate is our Business” – co...

HEC Climate Nights

On November 7, HEC Students for Sustainability welcomed guest speaker Darius Seiller for its first Climate Nights event. This series aims to foster an institution-wide commitment to environmental issues...

On the road to COP21, HEC Paris and Code for Climate organize their first ClimatUP on May, 23rd and 24th 2015 on HEC campus for anyone to come and test their idea to reduce impact on climate. 36 hours, it...

Energy and Finance Chair

logo société générale

On December 2019, The Energy and Finance Chair sponsored by Société Générale and held by Jean-Michel Gauthier, Affiliate Professor in Finance and expert in the energy sector joined the S&O Center. The energy world is going through an unprecedented change. In 25 years, global energy will be completely transformed: decarbonized, decentralized, digitized. The Chair is key to training leaders from all sectors in energy-transition issues and aligned with the  S&O objectives related to climate and ecological transition.

Since its foundation in 2005, the Energy and Finance Chair created by Société Générale and HEC Paris has developed a number of training programs on energy economics and finance, including the flagship Certificate on Energy & Finance, a 6-week intensive module dedicated to energy markets and economics and delivered by SG professionals and executives or the HEC Energy & Finance chairperson, and attracts over 120 students every year.

Interview of Jean-Michel Gauthier, Holder of the Chair: from the oil industry to the Energy Transition

Read the Knowledge@HEC interview

"The leaders of the World Economic Forum in Davos identified climate risk as the greatest and most far-reaching threat to the global economy for the third year in a row. That applies to all companies and all countries." Jean-Michel Gauthier, Holder of the Chair


It is the duty of managers across the board to learn about the challenges of the energy.


Business Models on Circular Economy

FII Institute




Daniel Halbheer, Associate Professor of Marketing, Academic Director of the Climate & Earth Center is the holder of the FII Institute on Business Models on the Circular Economy