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Inclusive & Social Business Certificate

Inclusive & Social Business Certificate


Poverty remains a harsh reality in the developing world, even in countries that experience high growth rates. It is also on the rise in many – if not all – developed countries. Philanthropic action, public authorities, and international institutions have shown their limits in the fight against poverty. Quite the opposite is true of forward-looking firms, which develop creative market-based solutions to alleviate poverty by collaborating with civil society and public authorities through an ecosystemic approach.

Missions and Objectives of The Program

The aim of the Inclusive & Social Business Certificate is to inspire and train a new generation of managers, aware of societal challenges and aspiring to be part of the solution, regardless of professional activity.

Across the Inclusive & Social Business Certificate, the objectives of HEC Paris and its partners are:

  • To train students in innovative business approaches that reduce poverty by offering new economic models in both developed and developing countries
  • To investigate new ways of co-creating and distributing wealth to reduce poverty
  • To help participants acquire key questioning skills on the role of business in society
  • To allow students to incorporate their valuable experience in humanitarian associations into their professional life


Logo Movement for Social Business Impact

The Movement for Social*Business Impact (MS*BI) aims at contributing to a more inclusive economy, where businesses seek to maximize both social impact and economic performance.

MS*BI builds on academic research and instruction by the HEC Paris Inclusive & Social Business Chair created in 2009. It is managed by the HEC Paris Society & Organization (S&O) Center and the Action Tank Social & Business, an incubator of inclusive business models fighting poverty in France, created by the Chair in 2010.

MS*BI is co-presided by Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of Danone, and Martin Hirsch, High Commissioner for Active Solidarities and High Commissioner for Youth in the French government between 2007 and 2010, now Head of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris.

It is supported by the following sponsors:

Certificates sponsors


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. The second module is "in the field" , with students taking part in a business, social integration structure, or social entrepreneurship project involved in fighting poverty.


This part is divided into “courses” and “tracks”. Each course/track involves lectures, readings, cases, conferences, both at HEC and in situ of some social organizations.

Courses :

  • Multinationals & Low-income communities
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Finance & Social Innovation
  • Two tracks :
    • « Access to .. » sessions designed to analyze actual inclusive business models developed in key “access” areas such as energy, mobility, food, or health
    • « Methods & Tools » sessions such as social impact assessment and behavioral economics
  • The Immersion week:

The objective is for participants to immerse themselves in the field of poverty alleviation by spending one week 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. In addition, five days are earmarked so that participants have time in the field. They can choose between a field project within a firm or an association, 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.

The field project can take many forms: developing of a new project/product/service; joining missions related to the company’s communication, strategy, governance, or business profitability; evaluating the organization’s social impact, etc.

Here are some of the 2018 partners for the Certificate’s field part: ANDES, ARES, Association AURORE, Clair & Net, Croix Rouge française - délégation des Hauts-de-Seine, Communauté Emmaüs de Longjumeau, Emmaus Communities in the UK, Emmaüs Défi, ENVIE Trappes, Extramuros, Farinez'vous, REvivre, Samu Social, Rebond Insertion, etc...

Faculty and Experts such as

  • Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot, Affiliate Professor of Strategy & Business Policy, Executive Director of the Society & Organizations (S&O) Center
  • Jacques Berger, Director, Action Tank “Entreprise & Pauvreté”
  • Jean-Marc Guesné, former head of Ashoka France, partner at Archipel & Co 
  • Olivier Kayser, Founder and CEO of Hystra consulting firm
  • Rachel Maignan, Investment manager, Agence Française du Développement (AFD)
  • David Ménascé, General Manager, Archipel & Co consulting firm specialized in BoP strategies
  • 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 among whom

  • Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of Danone
  • Martin Hirsch, former High Commissioner for Active Solidarities and High Commissioner for Youth in the French government between 2007 and 2010, now Head of the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist and civil society leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006

Student's story

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Collins Kimaro

Having recently launched a social enterprise in Tanzania, the Inclusive and Social Business Certificate has been a great learning experience so far! It has provided research-based insights and practical...

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Ester Galende Sanchez

The Social Business Certificate has allowed me to delve deeper into issues of poverty and inequality, and how global issues can be tackled from a business perspective, through startups, multinationals,...