Excelia publie son 2nd rapport PRME !
Excelia vient de publier son 2nd Rapport de Progrès dans le cadre de son engagement au sein du Global Compact (ONU) relatif à la promotion des Principes du Management Responsable en matière d’Education (PRME). Le rapport couvre la période 2014-2016.
Letter from the Director
Sustainable development is a core component of the identity of the city of La Rochelle. Thanks to the engagement of Michel Crépeau, the visionary Mayor of La Rochelle from 1971 to 1999, who provided the driving force to co-ordinate, promote, and encourage all stakeholders in sustainable development initiatives, sustainability has been incorporated into the economic development model central to the political agenda and the long-term plan of the city.
Just like the city itself, sustainability is a core and central part of the School’s strategy. The School’s mission makes an explicit commitment to CSR and Sustainability and actively seeks to drive practice by engaging:
- faculty members across disciplinary boundaries to investigate and disseminate their findings in Sustainability to the academic and corporate world, placing them in a dominant position on thought and practice leadership
- students to participate in ‘real world’ CSR projects that span issues, disciplines, and skill sets.
Two key events are hallmarks of the School’s long-term commitment to sustainable development:
- In 1999, the creation of the first Master programme in Sustainable development in France. It recognised the need to consider management practices and promote responsible business education, both in teaching and research. Ethics and CSR are central to the School’s vision and constitute one of the underlying principles of its academic framework. These are also central themes (as stand-alone courses, as themes included in business courses and as learning experiences outside of the classroom) of the school’s core curricula in undergraduate and graduate degree programmes
- In 2012, the creation of the Institute for Sustainability through Innovation (Institut de la Responsabilité Sociale par l’Innovation – IRSI) to provide the infrastructure and to support the School’s commitment to sustainability in all areas of its mission – teaching, learning, research and outreach
By becoming a signatory to PRME 2012, the School initiated an explicit framework for its commitment to sustainability and this has enabled the development of new and significant initiatives for the period 2014-2016:
- Strengthening its policy on applied research development which has resulted in the creation of new Chairs and partnerships
- An in-depth analysis of CSR teaching in the School so as to offer its students a real interdisciplinary skill
- Spreading the School’s CSR activities on at both a local and national level through organising regular, innovative events
- Bringing together some 15 lecturers/researchers from the School to develop a publication ’10 CSR case studies’ published by Editions Dunod and written in collaboration with 10 major partner businesses
- The deployment of the Humacité service learning project as the hallmark and cornerstone of the School’s approach to educating responsible managers. This credit-bearing humanitarian, social or civic mission, in France or overseas, is a compulsory graduation requirement for all the School’s programmes. Since 2005, the School’s students have carried out in excess of 4000 projects around the world.
We are at the beginning of a very long journey and we are gradually building a greater emphasis on social responsibility into our overall continuous improvement framework. Our challenge is to establish a cooperative dialogue with our major stakeholders, particularly our local institutional and corporate network, to be recognised by them and to innovate in developing and delivering sustainability practices with local, national and international partners.
As educators, we are responsible for showing our students that we apply and promote these principles, simply and pragmatically. Our graduates’ active commitment to sustainability is the key to cultivating and disseminating CSR, both in the business world and in the wider community.
The aim of this report is to demonstrate what we have achieved so far, to identify our future objectives and to renew our commitment to this journey by providing the relevant resources.It will be disseminated to all stakeholders, both within the School and within the business community.
Daniel PEYRON, Dean, Excelia Business School