First ICOR Award Ceremony for the best IÉSEG Master Thesis

On Tuesday, April 5, IÉSEG and ICOR, with the support of the Foundation of the Université Catholique de Lille, have awarded the First ICOR Award for the best IÉSEG Master thesis in the field of organizational ethics, social responsibility and/or sustainability.

This initiative is in line with the School’s values and mission to prepare its students to become complete and international managers who initiate change, and who contribute to the development of responsible, innovative and enlightened organizations.

For the first edition of the award, 10 Master theses were first evaluated by  lÉSEG professors, all members of ICOR, in order to select the best 3 (in terms of academic criteria). These 3 theses were then judged by a panel of external experts: Nicolas Cordier (Leroy Merlin), Karima Essabbak (World Forum Lille), and Christophe Cheroutre (consultant).

Watch the videos in which the 3 finalists present their thesis


First Award WinnerThe first award was awarded to, Romain BERROU who just recently graduated from IÉSEG. Romain, 25, carried out his Master thesis on “Impact Investing”, investments which aim to generate environmental and social impact.

Picture: Romain BERROU (left), with Professor Mieszko MAZUR and Jean-Philippe AMMEUX, Director of ’IÉSEG (right)

Thanks to the support of the Foundation of the Université Catholique de Lille, a prize of € 2.000 was awarded to the winner: €1.000  for Romain Berrou and the remaining € 1.000 for a non-profit organization or social enterprise of his choice. He gave the money to an association working for social reintegration, preservation and enhancement of maritime heritage (The Siloé Association).

The other two finalists were Ratnagorn Sampradist for her thesis on “Ethical Leadership” and Marine Vinsonneau for her thesis on “The Impacts of Microfinance programs on Women’s Empowerment”.

The ICOR award presentation took place during a conference entitled “Towards responsible business: Investing and taking action to create social value”, which included interventions from Jean Pierre Haemmerlein (Decathlon Foundation), David Brusselle (CCI Nord de France), and Nicolas Cordier (Leroy Merlin).