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Social responsibility

SKEMA Business School is a major actor in terms of Sustainable Development (SD) and Social Responsibility (CSR). 

Guided by the principles of the Global Compact and the PRME, backed up by its AASCB and EQUIS accreditations, involved and contributing to the approaches and works of the CGE and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and committed with its partners, SKEMA is building and enriching its SD/CSR policy in the service of students, staff and all its stakeholders.

The school is committed to promoting Sustainable Development (SD) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in all its spheres of action.

(cf. Sustainable Development, Social Responsibility and Contribution to the Community Report- June 2016).

This report summarises the projects and actions carried out by SKEMA and its various internal stakeholders, in terms of sustainable Development and Social Responsibility.
It aims to demonstrate that General Management's guidelines, based on SKEMA’s DNA and values, have translated into concrete objectives in terms of Governance, Education and Training, Research, the Environment and Human & Social Policies.

In its teaching programmes

Our mission is to train talented managers who are adaptable, mobile and able to provide sustainable performance, contribute to the societal and economic debates, work at a distance and expand the boundaries of knowledge and innovation.

21% of our courses are devoted to sustainable development and CSR: students thus acquire an awareness of the challenges of sustainable development (sustainable marketing, CSR, sustainable finance etc.) through analysing the social, economic and environmental risks implied by their projects and decisions.

SKEMA has also developed special programmes in sustainable development/ CSR

These programmes develop students’ hard and soft skills, enabling them to create ad hoc structures and/or guide organisations towards sustainable and responsible competitiveness.

In its human and social policy

With several partners (associations, foundations, companies,...) we are carrying out a certain number of actions in favour of students in difficult or sensitive situation, and also in favour of the socioeconomic development of the regions in which we are located. Thus, we contribute to the greatest number of young people continuing their studies.

Some exemples:

Encouraging access to higher education for everyone.

"Cordées de la Réussite" aims to encourage access to higher education by young people, regardless of their socioculturel background, by giving them the keys to successfully engage with sectors of excellence.

Developing financial aid in favour of SKEMA students

Grants on social and academic excellence criteria, grants for mobility and international exchanges, international work placement grants...

A professional insertion mechanism for disabled students on work placement assignments.

In research

Many of the research programmes at SKEMA focus on this area thereby contributing to students’ competences in these fields.

The following are included in SKEMA's research programmes:

  • L’Observatoire International de la Finance Durable (OIFD) (International Observatory of Sustainable Finance); the ISMA 360 method of implementing innovation
  • La Troisième révolution industrielle dans Le Nord-Pas de Calais” (The third industrial revolution in the Nord-Pas de Calais),  a working group on the functional economy as part of the programme
  • MoviLab, an incubator supported by the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in the PACA region that focuses on sustainable lifestyles combining open source and sustainable development.
  • Finally, a key example of SER and diversity, the Observatory for the Feminisation of Companies created by Professor Michel Ferrary; this observatory analyses the percentage of women and female executives in the largest French private companies and how this impacts corporate performance.

In student projects

Our mission is to guide students in promoting their plans for their career, company creation or humanitarian/associative project. Several student projects have been developed successfully: a study on water management, developing a partnership with an NGO, helping school students from underprivileged backgrounds, environmental protection for the marine and coastal environments, renovating a school in a village in Cameroon etc.

In its policy for managing the environment​

The SKEMA Business School SD/CSR policy is interdisciplinary and is deployed across all its campuses with regard to their history, their background and to the socio-economic development of their regions and location.

We work hard to make our campuses an example for developing socially and environmentally responsible behaviours in our students and personnel.

Thus our system of governance, our social monitoring, satisfaction surveys, policy of social accessibility, recycling and waste management policies, energy saving initiatives and infrastructure improvements, all reflect our commitment in this regard.

Greenhouse Gas Reports (BEGES)

The BEGES began on the Lille campus and was finalised in October 2015, was deployed on the Sophia Antipolis campus in December 2015, and should be completed in 2016 for the Paris campus. These tables allow us to have an annual follow-up on the posts emitting greenhouse gases, to define progress objectives within the framework of the COP 21 directives and our Zero Carbon Campus plan (cf BEGES report on Lille campus and BEGES report on Sophia Antipolis campus….)


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