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ACT for Impact

Climate and Earth

Aware of today’s pressing climate change and environmental challenges, HEC Paris wants to scale up and deepen its impact towards the ecological transition.

Accord de Grenoble

In April 2021, HEC Paris was one of the first business schools in France to signed the Accord de Grenoble initiated by the COP2

Déclaration de l'Accord de Grenoble


Le Grand Baromètre de la Transition Ecologique

In June 2020, HEC Paris answered the “Grand Baromètre Enseignement Supérieur and Transition Ecologique”. Carried out by the collective of students "Ecological Awakening" (created in sept. 2018), le Grand Baromètre aims at generalizing the self-evaluation by French schools and universities of their ecological commitments.

Discover here our responses on: strategy and governance; educational programs; careers; research; student life; sustainable campus. 

The results of the Grand Baromètre

Le grand baromère de l'enseignement

U7 + Academic Alliance 

HEC Paris is a member of the U7+ international academic alliance, bringing together world-class institutions convinced of the key role of universities as global actors, to engage in concrete actions to address pressing global challenges.   

About climate action, HEC Paris is engaged in two working groups serving the following objectives: 

  • Promoting that all students of our universities will have access to courses related to climate, biodiversity and sustainability
  • Improving energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions on university campuses

Earth Week Conferences 2020

"Il faut 600 milliards d'euros par an pour financer la transition écologique", Pierre Larrouturou
"Pour sauver la planète, misons sur l'intelligence collective", Cyril Dion
"On a déjà transformé notre planète en enfer", Aurélien Barrau dialogue avec les étudiants HEC

Raising Awareness with Conference Series

Conférence de Jean Jouzel - La catastrophe climatique : du constat scientifique à l’action politique

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Conférence de Gaël Giraud - Quelles solutions économiques face à l'urgence climatique ?

On January, 2021,  HEC Esp'R association invited Gaël Giraud as part of the joint lecture series with Centrale Supélec and ENS Saclay. Gaël Giraud is the former chief economist of the AFD (French Development Agency) and a jesuit priest, and is one of the great French names in ecology. He is particularly committed to the subjects of financing the ecological transition, and building new models of society. The conference questionned Gaël Giraud on the limits of our society, and possible solutions to meet the environmental challenge.


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Just before the confinement due to COVID-19 crisis, we were very luck to meet with Corentin de Chatelperron, an expert in low-tech innovations. For a few years, he has traveled around the world aboard a laboratory boat to identify, experiment, document and disseminate low-tech innovations. Over the past 4 years, it has made stops in 16 countries and allowed the study of more than 40 low-tech products.

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Jean-Marc Jancovici à la conférence inaugurale de la Earth Week
Anthropocène, la nouvelle apocalypse?
Guillaume Pitron, quel est le vrai visage de la transition énergétique ?


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Members of the Society & Organizations Center at HEC Paris recently responded to an appeal by Shift Project, aiming to ‘teach all students about climate and ecological issues’. Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot...

HEC Paris Professor Florian Hoos, an expert in social entrepreneurship and change-making, defines social entrepreneurs as individuals who see innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges...

The social and economic impact of the financial crisis in 2008 galvanized a growing movement of citizens and business leaders who wanted companies to be more socially and environmentally responsible.

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...

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...