First students complete the Certificate in Business Ethics and Sustainable Organizations

This year, the first students who have fulfilled all the requirements will receive the Certificate in Business Ethics and Sustainable Organizations. Interview with Nicolas Pagnon (student) and François Maon (professor and co-director of ICOR).

IÉSEG is committed to providing students a solid generalist management education that is grounded in strong ethical values. IÉSEG notably decided to offer Master students of its Grande Ecole program, from any of the 9 specialized tracks of management, the possibility to follow and complete a Certificate in Business Ethics and Sustainable Organizations.  To complete the certificate, students must carry out a series of academic (coursework and thesis) and practical (including internship) assignments related to corporate social responsibility (CSR), business ethics or sustainability issues, which involve professors and experts from different management disciplines.

This year, the first students who have fulfilled all the requirements will receive the certificate. One of these students is Nicolas Pagnon. « I was very interested by the professors and other experts that I had the opportunity to meet during the certificate. This also gave me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the key players and issues in these fields, and to highlight on my CV my interest in the issues I covered in the certificate, in parallel with my degree”. Nicolas followed electives on topics such as ‘Business sustainable development,” “International development and management of NGOs,” and “Applied conflict management theory,” in addition to doing his thesis on a CSR-related topic.

François Maon, associate professor of CSR and co-director of ICOR, adds: « We are delighted that the first students have now completed this interdisciplinary initiative carried out in the framework of ICOR activities. We are confident that increasing numbers of students will take part over to this initiative in the next years. Challenges linked to corporate, social and environmental responsibility, sustainable innovation, managerial ethics and questions concerning the raison d’être of organizations are increasingly integrated in the programs we offer. More than ever, they are indeed of primary importance for our students and the organizations they will work for in their future career ».