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Inclusive & Social Business Certificate Inclusive & Social Business Certificate

Schneider Electrique

 


Why so much talk about inclusive economy?  

The reason is simple: The growth of the past decades has not been inclusive. Many business leaders have understood for years that non-inclusive growth is not sustainable, but the rise of global extreme poverty, the acceleration of inequality and the appearance of social anger has driven the movement to a new stage of awareness and accelerated calls to corporate action. 

The Inclusive Economy Center of S&O Institute has been working on the contours of inclusive economy since 2008 - when HEC Paris created its Social Business Chair, with the support of Danone, Schneider Electric, Groupe Renault, Veolia but also with partners such as Action Tank Social & Business and Archipel & Co. 

The Center draws on 15 years of experience, reflection, and interaction with the private sphere, public sphere, and civil society to address the fundamentals of an inclusive economy and business. A report “Inclusive Business: What It Is and Why It Matters” was released by S&O as part of the B4IG (Business 4 Inclusive Growth) platform framework. 
 

Missions and objectives of the program

The I&SB Certificate is a annual 6-week full-time program taught in English. 

It is open to a selection of HEC Paris students but it has always welcomed a few non-HEC participants who want to explore the social business ecosystem and who are motivated and willing to reflect with us on the role of business in the fight against poverty. These persons would be exchange students, Institut de l'Engagement's laureates, visiting professors, or business people. 

The Certificate’s objectives are to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of specific social issues and reflect on the role that firms can play in society to address them 
  • Explore new economic models in both developed and developing countries 
  • Investigate new co-creation systems involving businesses, civil society, public authorities, academics, etc.. 
  • Critically analyze firms' attempts to develop inclusive business models, to understand key pitfalls and success factors 
  • Develop a good knowledge of specific tools and methods that firms can use, such as Social Impact Assessment, Impact investing, Behavioral Economics in Action, and understand under which conditions they should be used 
  • See how firms can concretely combine and reconcile a search for meaning and social impact with a business activity 

The idea is not necessarily for our participants to work in social enterprises upon graduation – yet we hope that some of them will. Rather, the key is that they acquire an awareness of the importance of societal issues in their field of work, and – when given the opportunity – that they take a leadership role in their organization.

The Certificate consists of two distinct components.

Students complete an in class “theoretical” module that explores Inclusive & Social Business themes and studies business involvement in the fight against poverty. This complements all students' main fields of study, with courses such as: Multinationals & Low-income communities; Social Entrepreneurship; Finance & Social Innovation; « Access to .. » with sessions designed to analyze actual inclusive business models developed in key "access" areas such as energy, mobility, food, or health; and « Methods & Tools » with sessions such as social impact assessment and behavioral economics.

The second module is "in the field", with a hands-on experience of 3 to 4 days spent in a social organization and a "field project"

  • The Immersion week:

The objective is for participants to immerse themselves in the field of poverty alleviation by spending 3 to 4 days with social entrepreneurs and social organizations. The idea is both to spend time co-working in the field and to meet managers who are helping alleviate poverty. Such an immersion is meaningful and full of learning potential. It consistently makes an impact on participants’ lives.

  • The Fieldwork:

The Fieldwork is an integral part of the Certificate. Participants are expected to work on a “field project” throughout the six-week-program with five days earmarked so that participants have time in the field. They can either design a social business model to tackle a specific social issue, or they can choose to do an Individual Project—individually or in small groups—as some participants may already have a social business project they would like to develop.

Here are some of the 2022 and 2023 partners: ANDES- Potager de Marianne, APTE,  ARES Ateliers Sans Frontières , CEDRE, Emmaüs Bougival, Emmaüs Défi, ENVIE Trappes, Equalis, ESAT Berthier, Extramuros, Farinez-vous, Green Hand Co, Jardin de Cocagne de Limon, Jardins d'Auteuil, La Cloche, la Croix Rouge française, La Gerbe - Les Mureaux, La Mie de Pain, Lemon Tri, Rebond Insertion, TAE - ATD Quart Monde and Tricycle environnement.

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Faculty and Experts:

  • Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, Affiliate Professor of Strategy & Business Policy, co-Founder of the S&O Institute, Executive Director of the Inclusive Economy Center
  • Marieke Huysentruyt, Associate Professor of Strategy & Business Policy, Academic Director of the Inclusive Economy Center
  • Jacques Berger, Director of Action Tank “Entreprise & Pauvreté”
  • Adrien Baudet, Ph.D, Founder and CEO of KOREIS, a social impact research and consulting firm
  • Olivier Kayser, Founder and CEO of Hystra consulting firm
  • Rachel Maignan-Vincent, Impact Investment Officer at Proparco
  • David Menascé, Managing Director at Archipel & Co, an Innovation and Impact Entrepreneurship consulting company
  • Laurence Moret, External Communication, Institutional Partnerships and Documentary Director, Crédit Coopératif
  • Charles-Edouard Vincent, CEO and Founder of Lulu dans ma rue and Founder of Emmaüs Défi


And other inspiring people:

  • Emmanuel Faber, Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)
  • Martin Hirsch, President of the Institut de l'Engagement and Vice President of Galileo Global Education
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist and civil society leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006
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For 15 years now, the Inclusive Economy Center is dedicated to studying and creating new ways for companies to improve their social impacts, contribute to the fight against poverty, and co-create a more inclusive society.  

It has an integrated approach along three pillars:  

  • THINK: It combines original data collection and rigorous scientific research in order to offer reliable solutions for decision-makers seeking to further economic inclusion and expand economic opportunity for all.  
  • TEACH: Its members are committed to helping HEC students and executive education participants develop the knowledge, knowhow and soft skills that are required to lead organizations conducive towards inclusive growth.  
  • ACT: They collaborate with HEC partners -business leaders, investors, board members, public institutions, and civil society organizations – to design effective strategies to build a more inclusive economy. They foster exchange between students and faculty at HEC Paris, top academics in the field internationally, and our practitioner partners.

It is supported by:

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