Our mission is to contribute to building a more inclusive economy by training future and current leaders.
We are striving to help shape a more inclusive economy through training future and current directors. We are working to foster an understanding of the major challenges facing our society and establish a stance whereby only companies which help to build an inclusive (and environmentally-friendly) economy are seen as desirable from now on. As a result, they must know how to implement these models. This means that we are aiming to provide them with the key skills (revolving around knowledge, expertise and interpersonal skills) that a 21st-century manager must master in order to play their part in this.
Since 2009, we have provided education and training on the inclusive economy to thousands of students and company managers, via a range of programmes (see below)
Going forward, we are working to include social and environmental perspectives in the core courses taught to HEC students, such as finance, marketing, strategy, supply chain management and more.
Innovative teaching is also at the heart of our approach: we explore a range of complementary, theoretical and practical approaches via case studies, online programmes, simulations, immersions, experiential learning and more.
In our eyes, a sense of perspective and the process of learning by doing complement each other, as they help us to aim our teaching at the different dimensions of students’ personalities, such as the intellectual and the emotional.
During these times where elites are often being challenged, we give future and current directors the chance to relate better to workers on the ground, to the worries and the real-life circumstances faced by people and, in particular, by the most vulnerable, which could be an invaluable learning experience for them.
A large variety of courses
The S&O Institute has developed several programs on inclusive and social business:
The HEC Paris MBA curriculum combines academically-challenging courses with leadership development and experiential learning.
Among its core courses, the ETHICS and SUSTAINABILITY course considers the ethical responsibilities of managers and corporations.
Among its electives classes, an off-campus seminar in the monastery of Sereys (Haute Loire) proposes to reflect on ETHICS and PERFORMANCE. In this seminar, the participants become more conscious of the ethical stakes of their business practices and learn how to assess their responsibilities as managers. In the specific context of the monastery, they experiment a distant point of view to think and exchange about the signification of management practices and their impact.
Experiential learning is at the very heart of the MBA program. Fieldwork projects allow students to apply classroom-taught knowledge in a real world setting.
This program concentrates on the key areas of leadership, general management and running a company, while at the same time paying close attention to the specific nature of the African continent.
The focus on the stakes and challenges of a continent in transition and key sustainable development issues such as managing resources, carbon footprint and social inclusion will enable participants to acquire a greater understanding of new high performing business models that are more sustainable and inclusive.
Please find more information on the dedicated website.
Innovation and entrepreneurship play a crucial role in creating value and ensuring the success and sustainability of companies throughout the world. This is why HEC Paris has designed this online degree program to meet the specific needs of current and future business leaders in charge of innovation or business development, as well as experienced or aspiring entrepreneurs.
"Social Entrepreneurship and Change-making" is among the 10 fundamental courses. Through this course, participants will gain a brief overview of different types of entrepreneurs who create value for society and focus primarily on action-based learning; work on their own entrepreneurial project, gaining hands-on experience in transforming an idea into a sustainable business model with measurable positive impact on society and the environment; pitch to “sell your idea” to a wider public; and be inspired, equipped, and convinced that you can take action to tackle the world’s most pressing problems in an entrepreneurial manner.
More information HERE.
The economic, social and societal impact of the crisis we are all living through has made it more crucial than ever before for companies to rethink their business model and their relationship with society and the environment.
Driving the transition to sustainable development and responsible management makes more than ever, real business sense. It enables organizations to think in terms of proactive risk management, drive innovation, reinvent their business models, and create new forms of competitive advantage. Everyone, at every level of the organization, has an important role to play.
The aim of the ‘Sustainable Transition Management’ (STM) program is, therefore, to develop mindful, responsible managers and leaders who can inspire and drive transformation and, help companies to strike the right balance between positive social and environmental impact, and economic performance, and even transform today’s environmental and social challenges into business opportunities.
It has been carefully crafted to offer the greatest flexibility to build a consistent and effective approach to the strategic and functional challenges in order to design and operate the sustainable transition.
This MOOC is dedicated to social entrepreneurship, and is developed by professors of the S&O Center in partnership with the ‘Ticket for Change’ project, of which HEC Paris is a platinum partner.
The project aims to inspire and help aspiring entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in society. The MOOC is based on individual and collective action learning for each participant, through three different stages: inspiration, introspection, and implementation.
Focus on Lead Campus - Sustainable Leadership in Africa
On November 25, 2019 HEC Paris launched the first module of the Lead Campus Sustainable Leadership in Africa program, a bilingual and certified management training course, co-constructed with AFD (Agence Française de Développement), Mohammed VI Polytechnique University (Morocco), UCT GSB (Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town, South Africa) and the Investors and Partners (I&P) investment fund.
This program concentrates on the key areas of leadership, general management and running a company, while at the same time paying close attention to the specific nature of the African continent. The focus on the stakes and challenges of a continent in transition and key sustainable development issues such as managing resources, carbon footprint and social inclusion will enable participants to acquire a greater understanding of new high performing business models that are more sustainable and inclusive
The Inclusive and Social Business Certificate
Doing business as usual is no longer an option. To stay competitive and be a responsible actor of today’ challenges, making a social impact is essential and will be the next revolution as the one we face with digital.
Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, HEC Professor and Executive Director of the S&O Institute explains how the Inclusive and Social Business Certificate will allow you to reflect on the role that firms can play in society at large, and to undersdand that with power comes responsibility.
Voices of Inclusive and Social Business Certificate Alumni
The Inclusive & Social Business Certificate sponsored by Danone, Schneider Electric and Renault and Veolia is a very special place at a very special time! For its 12th edition and despite the lockdown constraints, we did our best to organize the online sessions and provide to our students with an active and fruitful learning experience. As part of this “experimental learning part”, they were requested to work on an “entrepreneurial project” with impact or to design a “social business” project that addresses the current COVID-19 crisis. See below some testimonies of their experience.