2017 ICOR Award Ceremony for the best IÉSEG Master Thesis

On April 19, ICOR and IÉSEG, with the support of the Foundation of the Université Catholique de Lille, have awarded the second ‘ICOR Award for the Best IESEG Master Thesis in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, Organizational Ethics, or Sustainability’.

The master’s theses were first evaluated by lÉSEG professors, all members of ICOR, in order to select the best 3 (in terms of academic criteria). These were then judged by a panel of external experts who formed the Practioners jury and included Joséphine BIERNACKI, (Groupe Damartex), Cécile DELIVRE (Fondation IDKIDS), and Maël LAGADEC (Sustainalytics).

The 2017 ICOR ICORaward2017_Photo2Award was awarded to student Jade TISSIER for her work entitled: “Sustainability and access to capital: An investigation of the crowdfunding of sustainable firms” (Thesis director: Daniela LAUREL-FOIS).

Thanks to the support of the Foundation of the Université Catholique de Lille, a prize of €2.000 was awarded: €1.000 for Jade and the other € 1,000 for a non-profit organization or social enterprise of her choice. Jade Tissier decided to give the money to Perús Shoes, a brand of shoes which are handmade by artisans in Peru (For each pair of shoes sold one day of school for disadvantaged children in Cuzco, Peru is financed).

The two other finalists were Charlotte AVRIL for her thesis on the effects of work-life balance policies on employees’ well-being in France and Nicolas PAGNON, who carried out his thesis on the characteristics and factors associated with income inequality in European countries.


Picture, from left to right: Jean-Philippe Ammeux (Director of the IÉSEG School of Management), Arthur Framaut (recipient of the IÉSEG Certificate in Business Ethics and Sustainable Organizations), Daniela Laurel-Fois (Jade Tissier’s thesis director, accepting the award on her behalf), and Nicolas Pagnon (ICOR award finalist and recipient of the IÉSEG Certificate in Business Ethics and Sustainable Organizations).



The ICOR award presentation took place during a conference/debate on the topic of “Basic Income: towards a fair and free society?” This included interventions from Philippe VAN PARIJS (Université de Louvain), co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network and Jean-Eric HYAFIL (Sorbonne University), co-founder of the French movement « Mouvement Français pour un Revenu de Base (MFRB) ». Their talks were followed by debates with members of the School’s student associations ENACTUS and LA TRIBUNE.

Photo: Philippe Van Parijs (Université de Louvain)