Decathlon and IÉSEG – a historic yet dynamic partnership!

The partnership between Decathlon, a major retail and leisure company, and IÉSEG, has been active for over 25 years. Over 90 IÉSEG graduates currently work at the company in 14 different countries, and more than 80 students do their internship each year in store or in one of the support services.

The partnership between both organizations keeps growing every year with the implementation of innovating and ambitious projects for the benefit of students.

Within IÉSEG, Decathlon takes an active part in presentation sessions about the company and career opportunities, in recruitment forums for internships and jobs, in program review commissions (Professional Advisory Board), as well as in lectures and conferences. For example, Michel LECLERCQ, founder of Decathlon, spoke at the opening plenary session of the 2019 Summer Program on the theme: “Take a step back and inspire change”.

Decathlon also strengthens its visibility among IÉSEG students by sponsoring, since 2018, the MSc in International Business (MIB) program and by sponsoring, in 2021, under the representation of Etienne CALLAFE, Finance Director of Decathlon China, the Bachelor in International Business (BIB) and the postgraduate programs (Masters of Science and International MBA) students. Etienne Callafe says “This partnership between IÉSEG and Decathlon is the result of a long-lasting collaboration between two institutions that are committed to developing interpersonal skills and interculturality through shared values that are vitality and authenticity.

In May, Postgraduate Program students were also able to participate in the Decathlon Talent Games – a challenge organized by the brand to foster innovation and collective creation and gathering more than 100 participants (Decathlon employees, clients, companies, students…)

Finally, also in 2021, Decathlon became a co-partner of the “retail management & business development” apprenticeship training program, along with Auchan, Leroy Merlin and Kiabi.

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