Skip to main content
About HEC About HEC
Summer School Summer School
Faculty & Research Faculty & Research
Purpose Day Purpose Day
Master’s programs Master’s programs
Bachelor Programs Bachelor Programs
MBA Programs MBA Programs
PhD Program PhD Program
Executive Education Executive Education
HEC Online HEC Online
About HEC
Overview Overview
Who
We Are
Who
We Are
Egalité des chances Egalité des chances
HEC Talents HEC Talents
International International
Campus
Life
Campus
Life
Sustainability Sustainability
Diversity
& Inclusion
Diversity
& Inclusion
Stories Stories
The HEC
Foundation
The HEC
Foundation
Summer School
Youth Programs Youth Programs
Summer programs Summer programs
Online Programs Online Programs
Faculty & Research
Overview Overview
Faculty Directory Faculty Directory
Departments Departments
Centers Centers
Chairs Chairs
Grants Grants
Knowledge@HEC Knowledge@HEC
Master’s programs
Master in
Management
Master in
Management
Master's
Programs
Master's
Programs
Double Degree
Programs
Double Degree
Programs
Bachelor
Programs
Bachelor
Programs
Summer
Programs
Summer
Programs
Exchange
students
Exchange
students
Student
Life
Student
Life
Our
Difference
Our
Difference
Bachelor Programs
Overview Overview
Course content Course content
Admissions Admissions
Fees and Financing Fees and Financing
MBA Programs
MBA MBA
Executive MBA Executive MBA
TRIUM EMBA TRIUM EMBA
PhD Program
Overview Overview
HEC Difference HEC Difference
Program details Program details
Research areas Research areas
HEC Community HEC Community
Placement Placement
Job Market Job Market
Admissions Admissions
Financing Financing
Executive Education
Home Home
About us About us
Management topics Management topics
Open Programs Open Programs
Custom Programs Custom Programs
Events/News Events/News
Contacts Contacts
HEC Online
Overview Overview
Degree Program Degree Program
Executive certificates Executive certificates
MOOCs MOOCs
Summer Programs Summer Programs
Youth programs Youth programs
Faculty & Research

SnO & Golden Conference - Towards a Sustainable Economy, Business and Academic Institutions in Action

The Society & Organizations and Golden for Sustainability research centers recently ran a 2-day international workshop entitled “Towards a Sustainable Economy” at the HEC Paris campus. SnO and Golden were represented Professor Rodolphe Durand, HEC Paris and Professor Maurizio Zollo, Bocconi University respectively. The event stimulated intense discussions between business, academia and institutions actively involved in the process of reorienting organizations towards more sustainable business models.

"Eloïc Peyrache (Dean of the HEC Paris Grande Ecole), Gabriella Mazzini (HEC Paris Foreign Affairs department), Rodolphe Durand (SnO Director and Professor of Strategy at HEC Paris), Marie de Carné-Trécesson (Ambassador-at-large for Biothics and CSR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Giandomenico Magliano (Italian Ambassador to France), Maurizio Zollo (Golden Academic Director and Professor of Strategy at Bocconi University)"

Eloïc Peyrache (Dean of the HEC Paris Grande Ecole), Grabriella Mazzini (HEC Paris Foreign Affairs department), Rodolphe Durand (SnO Director and Professor of Strategy at HEC Paris), Marie de Carné-Trécesson (Ambassador-at-large for Biothics and CSR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Giandomenico Magliano (Italian Ambassador to France), Maurizio Zollo (Golden Academic Director and Professor of Strategy at Bocconi University)

The workshop brought together business representatives from Acea, Danone, Harambee, Kering, Nike, Santam, Schneider, Siemens, Soitec and Total; institutions such as OECD, UNEP and WEF, and professors from HEC Paris, Bocconi University, Erasmus University and WU Vienna. During the first day, they shared their reflections, based on experience and research, concerning the integration of sustainability into business models. The contrasting perceptions of the three groups on the necessary steps to accelerate sustainable development and how business and academia could cooperate to set and reach new targets were of particular interest.

The following day, a panel discussion under the auspices of the Italian Ambassador to France, Giandomenico Magliano, focused on two key sustainability topics: the pitfalls associated with the drive towards renewable energy, and the potential effects of the introduction of UN Sustainable Development Goals on businesses and institutions involved in development. The discussion was enriched by the presence of Frédéric Bobay, (Private-Public Partnership, D.G. Treasury Minister), Hilkka Komulainen (Investment Division, OECD), Mustapha Mokass, (WEF Young Global Leader 2015), and Elisa Tonda (Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch, UNEP).

Everyone present agreed that the private sector, public sector and civil society should all take responsibility for a more rewarding and sustainable economic model. The conference addressed three critical questions: 

Who bears the environmental risk? 
Who pays for it? 
Who regulates and monitors it? 

Recognizing that the Private-Public Sector Partnership is crucial in the push for more sustainable projects, the challenge now is to attract more investors who want to engage in this green and sustainable revolution.  Marine de Carne-Trecesson (French ambassador for Bioethics & CSR) concluded the workshop putting the discussion in the perspective of the COP21 conference next November in France.

More about:

Sno and Golden workshop: Program and participants
Society and Organization Center
Golden for Sustainability