Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability at ESCP
Integration of ERS into ESCP’s mission, governance, strategy and current operations
In recent months, ESCP submitted a questionnaire initiated for business schools and universities by “Pour un réveil écologique” (For The Ecological Awakening) and called “Grand baromètre de la transition écologique”, which gives a comprehensive overview of our current sustainability policies and processes, as of July 2020.
The 40 questions document is an assessment tool of sustainability policies and actions. Thanks to the collaborative work of ESCP’s departments, spearheaded by the Sustainability Transition team, the School was able to provide a thorough description of internal actions promoting sustainability. The document is attached.
More information about this project can be found here:
Sustainabiliy On Campuses
ESCP is targeting to have all of its students trained on CSR and Sustainability. This goes through:
- Creation of two specialised masters (MSc International Sustainability Management and Sustainability Entrepreneurship and Innovation) as well as creation specialisations in the MIM Programme
- Implementation of mandatory courses Ethics, responsibility and sustainability in most of our diplomas
- Coordination of several dedicated seminars
ESCP is promoting academic excellence in sustainability:
- See our events and research with the Chair for Circular Economy and sustainable business models
- Check out also the Sustainable business model blog!
The school is working to better integrate stakeholders in the school’s sustainability processes, including students.
- This process is lead by our Associate Dean for Sustainability position and a Sustainability Project Manager that act as focal points for the school (local representatives will also soon be identified)
- Creation of the Sustainable advisory board in Berlin whose members include representatives from large companies, NGOs, ESCP professors and representatives of the school’s administration
All of our campuses have taken actions to reduce their environmental footprint through energy saving, waste reducing and recycling.
Integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in the School’s educational offerings
Professors actively involved in the teaching of the circular economy
Programmes with ERS
Specialised programmes on Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
Master of Science (MSc) in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation
This programme is designed for entrepreneurs who want to apply the tools of business to solving the world’s most urgent social and environmental pro...
Specialised Masters including content on Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
Executive Master in Energy Management
Optimise your managerial skills as an energy expert. Develop the vision and in-depth knowledge to manage across the energy and related technology sect...
Master of Science (MSc) in Energy Management
Understand the energy business environment and its fundamental economic and technological concepts. Develop and implement strategies to address major ...
Master in Management
This programme features more than 35 specialisations in Finance, International Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and many more....
Bachelor in Management (BSc)
Undergraduate programme gathering high-profile international students who aspire to top international careers....
Executive MBA (EMBA)
Leverage your international management career and bridge the gap between your untapped potential and the world-class leader in you ...
Starting in September 2019
“Designing Tomorrow: business and sustainability” is the first transversal seminar of Pre-Master's degree for students who join ESCP.
This seminar is based on two pillars:
- A training seminar. Objectives: Become aware of the major climate and current issues; Understand the link between these issues and management by reflecting both threats and opportunities in new markets ; Identify levers of action accessible to managers
- A field survey to be carried out in the first semester. Objective: Offer to students field investigation experience, in the light of major societal and climatic issues and their consideration by economic actors; the opportunity to formulate and disseminate proposals for action that can help address these major issues.
Since 2016, professors from various departments (humanities, management control, management, and supply chain & logistics) have joined forces to create a new specialisation called Re-Think: Social innovation, alternative business models and sustainability...
This specialisation digs into major transformations of capitalism (ecological, technological, social and political) and management, and explores the development of alternative models.
Putting a strong emphasis on social sciences, this specialisation strives to balance reflection and action. The specialisation is organised around two central blocs.
The first block is devoted to developing critical thinking and reflexivity among the students through courses such as ‘critical perspectives on capitalism’ and ‘the dark side of sustainability’ (15 hours each).
The second block is centred on understanding and developing alternatives to mainstream management models through courses such as ‘circular economy’ (30 hours), alternative organisations (15 hours), tools & methods for social impact evaluation’ (30 hours) and ‘field-studies in alternative organisations’ (15 hours).
This 120-hour specialisation is offered to M2 students in the MiM on the Paris campus. In 2018-2019, 30 students are enrolled in the specialisation.
Entrepreneurship meets art…and sustainability: Improbable Planet
In 2011, Sylvain Bureau (ESCP Professor in Entrepreneurship) and Pierre Tectin (artist) created a new type of seminar, for entrepreneurs to produce art in order to grasp social transformations and connect them to their entrepreneurial project...
Since its creation, this seminar, called "Improbable", has attracted more than a thousand entrepreneurs and executives (Orange, La Redoute, Sacem, BPCE, Galeries Lafayette, Canon, etc.). The rules of the game: create a work of art in three days, working in small groups. The objective: to shake up entrepreneurial habits through the experience of artistic creation.
In 2018, Sylvain Bureau focused this seminar on environmental issues, for entrepreneurs to reflect on current business models, environmental challenges, and the bright and dark sides of technological innovation regarding these issues. In 2018 alone, more than 150 students produced works of art on different School campuses.
More information (in French): http://www.mouvement.net/fil-de-une/lart-de-lentreprise
Research on Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability
A dedicated research centre
In 2013, the School created a dedicated research centre, SustBusy (Business & Society - Towards a sustainable world) led by the Berlin campus, to work on sustainable development. The research team is made up of 16 ESCP Permanent Professors from the Berlin, Madrid, Paris and Turin campuses, as well as doctoral students from our PhD programmes.
The School also holds a regular research seminar in Paris on Business & Society, which has hosted 20 external researchers since it was created in 2014
Circular economy: from pedagogical innovation to research
Since 2015, Valentina Carbone (Professor of Supply Chain & Logistics) & Aurélien Acquier (Professor of Sustainability Management) have developed a new 30-hour course devoted to the circular economy. Courses are designed through real-life collaborations including both professional partners (start-ups or established companies), public/institutional partners (eco-organisms or public authorities), the School’s professors and students. Students are offered the opportunity to work on real-life management questions for start-ups, companies or institutional partners.Courses are part of the Master in International Sustainability programme, as well as the Re-Think specialisation. It is also being offered as a standalone elective in some programmes (MiM and executive MBA), reaching about 90 students every year. These pedagogical innovations have led to different research projects both on pedagogy and business model innovation related to the circular economy.
Since 2017, within the framework of the Horizon 2020 project, the SustBusy research centre has received €216K in funding from the European Union as part of a European research project entitled “the route to circular economy”. From ESCP, the project is coordinated by Sylvie Geisendorf (Berlin Campus) and involves professors from various campuses (Berlin, London, Paris).
In view of the current development of research and teaching activities related to ERS, future orientations include creating a dedicated research cluster on sustainability and increasing resources and visibility on these topics.
Events / Community outreach
Our students are actively involved in extra-curricular student activities related to ERS: several student societies are focused on social and environmental issues, and have developed professional activities in this context:
the NOISE ESCP New Observatory for Social & Environmental Innovation), member of the NOISE network located in nine schools and universities around France, is developing content, rethinking education, sharing information and developing social innovation projects, and trying to empower students as change makers.
Fleur de Bitume offers consulting activities for free to help charities on their professional projects.
Wintegreat has developed innovative programmes to empower qualified refugees and facilitate their professional integration. Such projects involve students, administrative staff and professors as coaches, tutors and mentors of refugees.
Star Trekk' is a sports association. It organises an eco-friendly trek each year and promotes sustainable development.
Solidarité France-Népal, in partnership with HEC students, helps disadvantaged populations in Nepal by organising two-month missions every summer to promote education and improve sanitary conditions.
Creation of an oikos chapter at ESCP after successful application to this international student initiative on sustainability. Organisation of many events for students.
GEA Society is a student-led organization with the goal to give our contribution towards a more sustainable future, starting from the ESCP Business School Turin campus.
Lighthouse - Corporate Sustainability is a non-profit association with the mission to raise awareness about corporate sustainability practices in the academic and business community. Based in Madrid, Lighthouse also offers consulting services to SMEs, proposing new ways to respond to the challenges of a changing planet.
ESCP alumni have been active in creating companies centered on sustainability challenges. You will find several examples in the Blue Factory Directory here.
Dissemination of academic knowledge
Extra curricular events
The School regularly organises extra curricular events related to ERS. For example, on the 18th November, 2018, ESCP and the NOISE ESCP co-organised a special conference with Mr. Muhammad Yunus.
Process of integration
Social Diversity programmes: students enrolled at ESCP as part of the Talent Spring Programme
- Compliance with Ethics in different processes: research, recruitment
- Berlin campus: Creation of a Sustainability Advisory Board that meets once or twice a year with members from businesses and NGOs in Berlin
- Green Campus Initiative in Berlin / campus management initiatives launched across campuses
Formal commitments to ethics, responsibility and sustainability (e.g. UN PRME)
ESCP uses the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to make sense of sustainability issues in its educational content and interactions with stakeholders. In 2018, the School concluded an exclusive partnership with the UN to participate in UN publications through professors’ contributions concerning these goals. Likewise, ESCP took part in the 2018 ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum in response to the call from the business community to academia to help develop competitive and innovative business models for the UN SDGs through research and knowledge development.
As a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), we are committed to its ERS frameworks.
As a founding member of the French “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles”, ESCP participates in the working group on sustainability and social responsibility, in tandem with other French schools and universities, and has used the “référentiel CGE” self-assessment tool in its approach to sustainability. The School is also a Member of “Comité 21”, a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together business, NGOs and academia in France on sustainability issues.