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Social Responsibility

For a better, more sustainable world

For more than 30 years, our School has worked to integrate social responsibility in its pedagogy, research and organizational culture. Our mission has always been to train responsible and innovative managers who understand the human, social, environmental and economic implications created by their decision-making power.

Training responsible managers

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is more than a field of study. It is a transversal skill that impacts all activities and managerial functions. As a result, all of our degree programs include training on ethics, responsible management and sustainable development.

This can be illustrated by courses which specifically target these topics (e.g. Economic Peace, Social and Solidarity Economy, or Working on Sustainable Development) as well as the overall Assurance of Learning process which was implemented in 2012 to help our degree programs integrate CSR goals.

We also participate in the Sustainability Literacy Test to encourage student self-evaluation. This study is administered to higher education students around the world in order to evaluate their basic knowledge of sustainable development issues and their responsibilities as individuals and members of an organization.

Students committed to raising awareness

Solidarity and engagement are essential principles that guide many of the actions carried out by our student associations. Whether they are invested in the local community (e.g. Impact) or the international community (e.g. SOS), the work of our student associations underlines the training and awareness that is shared during the Grenoble Ecole de Management learning process.

Expanding knowledge

The fields of CSR and sustainable development are in constant evolution. As a result, our research teams are working actively to help expand knowledge of these subjects. From understanding current practices to foreseeing future developments, Grenoble Ecole de Management research teams address the many transversal issues surrounding social responsibility. The Alternative Forms of Markets and Organizations team, the Mindfulness, Well-Being and Economic Peace Chair and the Center for Geopolitical and Governance Studies are examples of research-oriented groups that are particularly focused on these questions.  

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An institution committed to responsible management

Since 2007, Grenoble Ecole de Management has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact. This agreement underlines our institution's work to promote UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). The School also participates in the national work group on "Skills for Sustainable Development" led by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and the Conférence des Présidents d’Universités.

In concrete terms, we have implemented an important CSR strategy across our campuses. Highlights of this strategy include: our first carbon footprint benchmarking study in 2014 (Bilan Carbone ®); our participation in the Grenoble PDIE (Grenoble's plan to promote sustainable mobility practices); and the creation of a CSR charter in which we pledge to:

  • Respect the rights and dignity of every individual
  • Promote solidarity and diversity
  • Counter signs of corruption and violence
  • Reduce and control the impact of our activities on the environment
  • Contribute to business being a means to increase development, equality and peace

At the same time, we are committed to raising awareness among our employees and encouraging them to be involved in these challenges. To achieve these goals, we have set up internal training courses on topics such as "How to adopt sustainable teaching habits?", "Awareness on disabilities" or "Stress and management".

We also encourage our employees to invest in skills volunteering: Every employee may use five work days per year to share and develop their skills as part of a personal or professional volunteer project. In line with this practice, the School has collaborated with the Rhône-AlpesPro Bono Lab since 2013.

All of the actions we carry out are subject to self-evaluation, reporting and continuous improvement in accordance with the 2007 Grenelle de l'Environment and the guidelines set out in the Plan Vert (created by the CGE and the CPU). Reporting is also required as part of the EQUIS and Business Impact processes, which will soon lead to a CSR accreditation for sustainable campuses.