Details for ESSCA School of Management

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Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Executive


Angers, France


Sign Up Date to PRME

22 Sep 2017

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

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Letter of ​Commitment (2017)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

- Humanism, solidarity and responsibility are part of the table of ESSCA’s fundamental values;
- In the line with the school’s mission, all programmes at ESSCA School of Management provide opportunities for students to engage with ethical considerations, issues of corporate responsibility and sustainability;
- Awareness for ethical issues figure as clearly articulated Learning Objective in the Intended Learning Outcomes for all ESSCA programmes, on both undergraduate and graduate level;
- Each single 5th year professionalisation major (including executive education) is expected to address these issues in its field;
- One major is entirely focused on “Social Innovation and Social Enterprise”.
- Ethical dilemmas are discussed as early as in the ‘Introduction to Management’ module in the 1st year of the Grande Ecole Programme, which makes use of the critical incident pedagogy;
- In 2nd year all students attend a mandatory course on ‘Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility’, which included lectures, workshops and case studies;
- In 3rd year a variety of electives deals focuses on themes like ‘European sustainability policies’, ‘Social innovation, business and society’, or other topics that foster critical thinking on society;
- Particular emphasis is laid on ethical problems that are specific to sectors and professions: each single 5th year professionalisation major (including executive education) is expected to address these issues in its field;
- The major in ‘Social innovation and social enterprise’ is one of the longest-standing professionalisation majors of the Grande Ecole Programme.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Research on issues related to ethics, responsibility and sustainability has a prominent place in the overall portfolio of ESSCA’s research output. Activities include:
- Over 25 articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals;
- Five scholarly monographs and edited volumes;
- A dozen of book chapters and two case studies;
- Over forty academic conference papers, and a variety of presentations to professional audiences, commissioned reports, as well as media interviews and blogposts.
These different publications type deal with a large variety of topics from the field, such as:
- - social enterprise and entrepreneurship;
- - value-oriented family business strategies;
- - theory and practice of business ethics;
- - racism and discrimination;
- - solidarity-based business models;
- - micro-finance in Europe and India;
- - climate change, carbon emission, and weather risk management;
- - waste management;
- - theories of de-growth;
- - European discourses of sustainability;
- - European environmental and energy policies;
- - sustainability and space policy.
ESSCA organizes and hosts the yearly ‘Humanism and Enterprise’ event in Angers, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the Diocese of Angers, bringing the business community of Western France into the school for discussions on ethical and social issues,
ESSCA regularly organizes punctual round tables or conferences open to the wider public in the field of sustainable development or citizenship. Two recent examples include a symposium on climate change at the moment of the COP21 conference in Paris and a conference organized in partnership with the Sport and Citizenship association.

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