By integrating societal issues and challenges into economic value creation, companies can benefit society and boost their competitiveness at the same time
We help business leaders and policy makers innovate in products and services, management practices, business models, and supporting market infrastructures that make effective, sustainable use of natural resources and that advance human welfare.
Designing business models oriented on social impact
Aligning operations to UN SDGs
Proposing sustainable business practices
Promoting human rights in global supply chains
Linking the core business to the corporate social mission
Assessing environmental and social risks
Ensuring health and wellbeing at work
Defining metrics for social responsibility
Spotlights on selected project
Accelerating the Transfer of Climate Technologies
Finance for Impact and a group of Sciences Po Paris researchers conducted research for UNEP and the Climate Technology Centre and Network. We analyzed the decision-making processes used by international financial institutions and private sector investors to invest in climate technology projects in developing countries. The team recommended approaches to favorably shape investment decisions in the future.
Measuring Social Performance
Groupe La Poste
The team turned the existing CSR reporting system into a strategic tool for decision-making. New CSR reporting protocols and indicators were designed to ensure that actions were fully implemented under the social responsibility strategy. This project involved the leadership of the organization, including its board, senior management and auditors.
Designing a Social Business Strategy
Groupe Société Générale
The team designed a global CSR strategy. The approach consisted in creating aligning social and environmental goals with the Group’s business strategy. A series of workshops were organized to raise awareness on social and environmental impacts. An international CSR training game “Citizen Act” was developed for this purpose.
Mapping of Biodiversity Offset Policies
Within the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Anne Gwenn Alexandre participated in implementing a Global Business and Biodiversity Programme (GBBP). The various projects under the GBBP involved the private sector, especially on natural and mitigation hierarchy. She designed and populated a database of countries with biodiversity offset policies.
Sustainable Shipment Letter of Credit
University of Cambridge
Thierry Senechal participated in the University of Cambridge Banking Environment Initiative’s Working Group to develop a solution by which internationally-recognized social and environmental standards can be integrated in financial instruments (e.g. Letter of Credit) supporting international trade. This project provided solutions to incentivize sustainable commodity trade.
Integrating Human Rights in the Global Strategy
The team designed guidelines to help companies meet the requirements concerning Human Rights aspects of the new French Law on precautionary principles (“Devoir de vigilance”). The team also provided recommendations on how to address the UN guiding principles on Business and Human Rights.
Preventing and Mitigating Space Debris Pollution
Thierry Senechal, lead author, conducted a research project for Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation on how space debris pollution is hindering space commerce, space tourism, and the scientific exploration of space. He carried out an analysis of the threats of space debris pollution and reviewed the political and legal frameworks governing space debris. A new legal regime for space debris was proposed.
Designing an Ethical Value Chain
The team proposed an approach for designing ethical supply chains, including a research focused on a specific region in Africa. The study reviewed specific issues related to the legal systems and regulations, living conditions, mining practices, social and political issues. The team collaborated with a leading international legal expert in Human Rights to design a specific methodology addressing business and Human Rights aspects in the mining industry.
Environmental Damage in the Persian Gulf
The team provided technical support to set up a monitoring and assessment process for environmental damage suffered as a result of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait: air pollution; depletion of water resources; contamination of groundwater; damage; oil pollution; damage to coastlines; damage to fisheries; damage to wetlands and rangelands.
Managing Health and Wellbeing at Work
General Electric Healthcare
Christine Daoulas provided guidance to promote a holistic, proactive approach to managing health and wellbeing issues
at the workplace. She addressed the impact of health on the capacity of employees to work, e.g. how to best support those with disabilities and health conditions. She look at how the firm can better support the disabled people at work, highlighting the many benefits that disabled people bring to the workplace and proposing recommendations to enhance the office space, re-organize workstations, propose alternative transport arrangements, etc.
Valuation of Environmental Natural Resources
AMRAE & Various
Provided training in the valuation of environmental damage and impacts, including cost-effectiveness analysis, contingent valuation methods, revealed preference techniques, travel cost methods, etc. Advised on the pros and cons for using these various methodologies and arrived at an overall assessment of damage that can be credible and reliable.
Governance and Funding of Mass Claims Processes
Provided a review of Superfund practices for the French Cour de cassation and Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice. Reviewed good practices created by the US Superfund to pay for the selective cleanup of hazardous waste disposal sites. Reviewed the financing needs and governance arrangements to be considered for setting up similar funds.