What does ethics at work mean to employees? Launch of IBE survey report “Ethics at Work: 2018 survey of employees – France”

One in six employees in Europe (16%) say that they have felt some form of pressure to compromise their organizations ethical standards, according to a recent survey released by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). The number of employees experiencing this pressure has risen in all of the countries for which historical data is available.

The IBE notes that the Ethics at Work: 2018 survey of employees is “the only one of its kind covering Europe which provides real insight into employees’ views on ethics across all sectors and job roles”.


How to “sell” CSR in large companies


Based on an interview with Frank de Bakker and on his paper “Pitching for Social Change: Toward a Relational Approach to Selling and Buying Social Issues” (Academy of Management Discoveries, 2018), co-written with Christopher Wickert (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).

Corporate social responsibility is high on any large company’s agenda, but it needs to be accepted at every level of the organization to translate into real action. How do CSR managers convincingly argue for change? An in-depth study reveals a whole range of strategies for getting people onboard – and getting the company to walk the talk.


What are the uses and the future of “Social Impact Bonds”? Interview with the winner of the ICOR prize and Professor Yulia Titova

icor-gagnanteThe “Social Impact Bond” (SIB) is a non-traditional debt security that allows for the financing of social public actions by private funds for a set period of time.

In the framework of her Master’s thesis that won the 2018 ICOR prize, Domitille Adrian, who is currently finishing her studies at IÉSEG, recently examined the use of SIBs in France. We interviewed Domitille and her thesis supervisor, Yulia Titova, about the use of SIBs to finance social problems and actions and their future in France and abroad. (suite…)

2019 ICOR Award for the Best IÉSEG Master thesis – Call for applications

­Pursuing its objective of contributing to the development of a flourishing, fair and sustainable society, IÉSEG School of Management and the IÉSEG Center for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR) are organizing the fourth edition of the ICOR Award for the Best IÉSEG Master Thesis in the Field of Organizational Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Students chatting at IÉSEG

All master students (Programme Grande Ecole + specialized MScs) who have defended a thesis on a related topic between September 2017 and August 2018 are encouraged to submit their work to the competition.

The deadline for applications submission is September 30, 2018. There is a €2000 prize to win!


Download the ICOR Award Application guidelines


2018 ICOR Thesis Award Ceremony and Round table

IÉSEG and its Center of excellence for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR) awarded the 3rd ICOR Award on March 13, 2018. This prize recognizes the best Master’s thesis by an IÉSEG student in the fields of organizational ethics, social responsibility and sustainability—in line with IÉSEG’s 2025 Vision “to empower changemakers for a better society”.

IÉSEG professors, who are members of ICOR, evaluated 17 theses this year in order to select the three finalists (in terms of academic criteria). These were then judged by a panel of external experts: Isabelle Anton, CSR Director at IDKids; Joséphine Biernacki, CSR Manager at Damartex; and Antoine Charlanne, Head of Strategy and Digital Transformation at Caisse d’Epargne.

IMG_0022Domitille Adrian received the ICOR Award for her thesis on the topic: Is the Social Impact Bond adaptable to France? (thesis director: Professor Yulia Titova). She received a prize of €2,000: €1000 for herself and €1000 for a non-profit organization or a social enterprise of her choice. She chose to donate this to the association Les petits frères des pauvres, which assists people over 50 years old who suffer from solitude, poverty, exclusion, and serious illnesses.

(Photo, from left to right: Nicolas Delnatte, Domitille Adrian, Joséphine Biernacki, and Isabelle Anton)


The runners-up were Béatrice Richard for her thesis on “Multiple accountability in NGOs: the accountability mechanisms in practice and implications towards stakeholders?” (thesis director: Professor Raul Barroso), and Mélanie Sotty & Viktoria Gunnarsson for their thesis on “How can companies create social value in their ecosystem?” (thesis director: Professor Loïc Plé).

The ICOR Award ceremony took place during a conference/round table in Paris, moderatedIMG_0062 by Goeffrey Mantel, President of the IÉSEG Enactus Association, about the key factors for companies to create social impact. The following experts participated in the round table conference:

  • Isabelle Anton
  • Joséphine Biernacki
  • Nicolas Delnatte, Director for Collaborative Development & Social/Environnemental Responsibility – Caisse d’Epargne Hauts de France
  • Charlotte Migne, Group Sustainable Development Director –FM Logistic
  • Céline Sannié, Operations Manager, Enactus France
  • Julie Bayle-Cordier, IÉSEG Professor and ICOR member.

This was the opportunity for participants to share their respective experiences, challenges and vision related to CSR with the audience.

The School also proposed a series of CSR-related workshops prior the conference. These included: smoothie bicycles, activities related to the ecological footprint and the impact of different behaviors on the environment, a quiz about sustainable development, and the “Idea Wall”, where participants could propose CSR and sustainable development-related ideas for IÉSEG, etc.

How IÉSEG is training socially responsible future managers

photo-csrCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is at the heart of IÉSEG and of its 2025 Vision: to be “a unique international hub empowering changemakers for a better society”. It is integrated transversally across all of the activities at the School, which has been committed for a number of years to important international and national CSR-related schemes, such as the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)  and to the Principles for Responsible Management Education  (PRME). (suite…)