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Social responsibility

SKEMA Business School is a leading player in sustainable development.

Guided by the Global Compact principles and the Principles for Responsible Management Education, SKEMA is committed, with all its stakeholders (the CGE, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, etc.), to build a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy for the students and its staff members.

The school is committed to promoting CSR everywhere it operates.

SKEMA Business School's CSR policy is transverse and extends to all its campuses regarding their history, context, location and the socio-economic development of their region.

(cf. Sustainable development, social responsibility and contribution to community report – June 2016)

This report covers projects and actions lead by SKEMA and its several internal stakeholders, regarding corporate social responsibility.

It reflects the emphasis given by SKEMA's governance to establish its CSR policy at the heart of its corporate strategy, guided by the school's values. The result is concrete targets in governance, education and training, research, environment and human and social politics.

In its education programmes

Our objective is to train adaptable and mobile talented managers who are able to provide a sustainable performance, contribute to the debates and to societal challenges while expending the frontiers of knowledge and innovation.

The entirety of the programmes dedicate courses, activities or projects about CSR aspects. These provide students with the opportunity to raise their awareness on important issues related to sustainable development through different subjects such as sustainable marketing, ethics, sustainable finance, etc. The aim is to give them the open-mindedness, necessary perspective and the tools to analyse the risks and the societal issues of their projects and decisions, and of those of their company.

SKEMA has also developed programmes specialised in sustainable development / CSR:

  • The bachelor's programmes: "Management of Marine Environments", "Environmental Management" and " Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility ";
  • MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, including business models promoting a sustainable and social growth of the firm.

These programmes develop the core and soft skills of our students and enable them to become responsible and public-spirited managers. They go on to help companies integrate social and environmental dimensions into their development to ensure their performance and sustainability.

In its human and social policy

With numerous partners of its setting-up territories (associations, foundations, companies, etc.), SKEMA leads several actions to help students which are in a sensitive situation, but also for the socio-economic development of the areas where its campus are located. SKEMA thus work to ensure that the largest number of young people keep on studying.


  • Lots of projects with local or national actors are lead to help people to access to higher education ;
  • Financial supports: scholarships based on social criteria and academic excellence, scholarships for mobility and international trades, scholarships for international internships, etc.;
  • Job training and placement scheme for disabled students in internship, training-for-employment and job.


In its research

Many experimental research programmes of SKEMA deal with those topics, contribute to the development of these skills among our students, and allow at the same time to provide greater exchanges with our partners.

Among those research programmes:

  • The International sustainable finance observatory OFID;
  • The implementation method « ISMA 360 » about innovation ;
  • A working group « Economic functionality and Cooperation » under the programme "Third industrial revolution in Nord-Pas de Calais ".
  • Movilab, an incubator supported by the Ecology Minister and the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, insist on sustainable way of life, combining open-source and CSR ;
  • The observatory of the feminization of the companies created by Professor Michel Ferrary, analyses the evolution of women's percentage in staff and management of the biggest French private companies and how that could impact companies' performance, in order to take forward thinking about parity.

In its student's projects

Our goal is to lead students to enhance their professional project, new business start-up or humanitarian or associative project.
Several students' projects were successfully developed: a study on the management of waters, the development of a partnership with a NGO, helping high school students coming from culturally disadvantaged circles, a project of marine and coastal environmental protection, the cleaning of the harbour of Vauban (France), or a school renovation in a village of Madagascar.


In its environmental management

SKEMA still do its continuous improvement approach by integrating the guidelines of its environmental management system into its management system of the quality (ISO 9001 V2015).

This integration has to help school to take into account the environmental considerations of the stakeholders and improve its environmental performance by controlling its activity impacts (efficient use of resources and reduction of waste (ISO 14001 V2015)).

SKEMA business School try to develop responsible and exemplary campus, to decrease its environmental impacts and works on the development of responsible behaviour of students and collaborators. The environmental policy (ISO14001 V2015) is deployed on its historical campus around four main goals:

  • Control and reduce the consumptions at the source (paper, water, energy)
    The improvement of infrastructures allowed to reduce the environmental impact of our activity: for 10 years, the energy consumptions has decreased about 11,37 %, 28,93 % for water consumption and 25,04 % for paper consumption.
  • Prevent the pollution and waste management
    SKEMA set up a selective sorting, recycling and valuation policy for all waste and deploy adapted actions to reduce the volume.
  • Respect natural environment
    Depending of the location of the campus and the environmental sensibility, SKEMA is committed to protect the biodiversity of its territories where its campus are located and encourages student's projects in favour of the protection of the biodiversity (for example the project Lérins Islands biodiversity or the implementation of three hives on the campus of Sophia-Antipolis) ;
  • Develop a sustainable transport policy
    SKEMA has done a greenhouse gas emission records on various campus, which demonstrated the important influences of travels on the environment due to its activity. The school so define targets of progress related to the directives of the COP 21 and Zero Campus Carbon plan, and implemented various technical solutions to limit as much as possible the inter-campus travels of its collaborators.

All the actions carried out are encouraged by a transparent and relevant governance system, which reflects the commitment of SKEMA to limit its environmental impact while training talented responsible managers.

The environmental management system of the SKEMA campus of Sophia Antipolis and Lille are ISO-certified 14001 in its 2015 version.

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