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Sustainability & 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.   

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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. 

Our areas of expertise are:

  • Decarbonizing supply chains
  • Energy transition
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy


Sponsored by the FII Institute Chair on Business Models on Circular Economy

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

Fernando J. Díaz López is the Executive Director of the Climate and Earth Centre

Doing Business with planetary boundaries

Our purpose is to develop new business models that drastically reduce resource and environmental footprints and at the same time have economic and social benefits.

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Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BS4CL)

Business Schools for Climate Leadership is a unique partnership between eight of Europe’s leading Business Schools to help present and future leaders combat the climate crisis facing the planet.

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Drapeaux Paris2024 x HEC Paris x CMA CGM
Students in the Sustainability and Social Innovation Master's program at HEC Paris were able to reflect - thanks to the expertise of the CMA CGM group, Official Partner in logistics solutions for Paris...
Journalist Guillaume Pitron, author of The Dark Cloud
Guillaume Pitron has been regularly sharing his research and insights with HEC students ever since he published his award-winning book “The Rare Metals War” in 2018. He is currently working on his third...
MOOC Become a changemaker - vignette
How can you engage in an impact-oriented work and contribute to the ecological and social transformation of your country? To democratize impact careers around the world, HEC and Ticket for Change are...
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Nexans, a global group and key player in the energy transition, HEC Paris through its Society & Organizations Institute and the HEC Foundation have jointly launched the "Orchestrating sustainable business...
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Phasing out fossil fuels, challenging public policy, debating the implications for vulnerable populations of the transition to renewables – and highlighting some success stories. These were just some of...
The 46th edition of the HEC Foundation Awards once again highlighted the cutting-edge excellence of the school’s research at all levels. 11 prizes in nine categories were awarded to academics and students...
The HEC Paris Summer Program “Business & Climate Change” takes a deep dive into the challenges facing companies as they move to incorporate national and international energy and climate policies into...
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Last year has been marked by two crucial international conferences to decide the future of the planet and life on it. The U.N. climate change conference, COP27, at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, which closed on...
HEC Paris - SASI Ideas Festival - Sept. 2022
HEC’s 2022-2023 academic year kicked off with talks by a host of outstanding guest speakers largely devoted to the world’s most pressing environmental and societal issues. In the context of geopolitical...
Climate Days News recap - vignette
The need to tackle climate change has created massive challenges for businesses and policymakers. The Climate Days organized on the HEC campus on May 30th and 31th brought together actors from the...
Change Now - May 2022 - Global View
On June 7, 2022, the HEC Alumni Association officially releases its most ambitious publication yet on biodiversity and business. Led by Christine Rodwell (H.92), David Vaillant (H.98) and a team of young...
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...


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S&O - Climate & Earth Center Contacts

Daniel Halbheer
Academic Director of the Climate & Earth Center, Holder of the "Business Models for the Circular Economy" Chair
Fernando J. Díaz López
Executive Director of the Climate & Earth Center
Igor Shishlov
Affiliate on climate change economics
Marie-Pierre Seyfried
Project Director of the Climate & Earth Center
Laurianne Thoury
Communications Projects Manager

HEC Faculty Affiliated to the Center

Sam Aflaki
Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management, Holder of the "Sustainability and Supply Chain Analytics" Chair
Sebastian Becker
Holder of the Nexans Chair on Orchestrating Sustainable Business Transformation
Jean Michel Gauthier
Professor of Finance, Holder of the "Energy & Finance" Chair
Andrea Masini
Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management, HEC Paris
Daniel Martinez
Daniel Martinez
Associate Professor in Accounting and Management Control
Professor (Education Track) in Strategy and Business Policy, HEC Paris
Hélène Löning
Associate Professor in Accounting and Management Control, HEC Paris
Hélène Musikas
Associate Professor of Strategy and Business Policy, HEC Paris
Luc Paugam HEC professor
Associate Professor in Accounting and Management Control, HEC Paris
Arnaud Van Waeyenberge
Associate Professor of Law & Tax, HEC Paris