CSR at IÉSEG: 3rd edition of the ICOR Prize for the best master’s thesis

March 27, 2018

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Domitille ADRIAN

IÉSEG and its Center of excellence for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR), with the support of the Foundation of the Université Catholique de Lille, has just awarded the third edition of the ICOR Prize. This prize recognizes the best Master’s thesis by an IÉSEG student in the fields of organizational ethics, social responsibility and sustainability.  It is 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 best (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.

On March 13, Domitille Adrian, a Master student, received the ICOR Prize for her thesis on the topic: Is the Social Impact Bond adaptable to France? * (with Professor Yulia Titova as thesis Director).

ICORThanks to the support of the Foundation of the the Université Catholique de Lille, 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.

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

The ICOR Prize presentation took place during a conference in Paris, moderated by 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.

Corporate Social Responsibility is at the heart of IÉSEG and of its 2025 Vision. The School integrates it transversally across all of its activities, Similarly, IÉSEG 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).