IÉSEG obtains a responsible campus trophy in the “Quality of life, accessibility and diversity” category

During the 7th edition of the Trophées des Campus Responsables*, held on Feburary 10th, IÉSEG obtained first prize in the “quality of life, accessibility, and diversity” category, following the presentation of its project entitled “Understanding and preventing sexist and sexual violence”.

This project aims to raise awareness about and help the School’s students to understand and prevent sexist, sexual, and LGBT-phobic violence, including verbal abuse and discrimination, cyber-harassment, sexual harassment, hazing, sexual assault and rape. This project is composed of five flagship actions that have been implemented at IÉSEG since 2020, including an online course (SPOC), mandatory for all first-year Grande Ecole Program and Bachelor in International Business programs, along with in-depth training for student association leaders. The Fédération des Etudiants also created an Equality Charter, which was signed by association leaders to underline the major role they can play in prevention, and a session on gender-based violence in advertising was introduced in the Grande Ecole Marketing program and the International MBA program. Finally, each campus established a reception unit and protocol for dealing with students who find themselves in situations of harassment, violence or discrimination.

As María Castillo, professor and CSR manager at IÉSEG, explains, “This project fully meets our objective of training managers who are pioneers of change, inspiring and ethical. It also echoes our CSR strategy, particularly in the framework of a commitment letter signed in September 2020 by the Management to promote living together, equality and inclusion of all students. This work is the result of a process of reflection that began several years ago and involves teachers, administrative staff, student associations and our centers of excellence ICIE and ICOR.”

After studying the application files and the project pitches made by the institutions, the jury, made up of representatives from ADEME, the Association des Enseignants de la Transition, the Agence Française du Développement, the Agence Universitaire de la Franchophonie, the Commission Nationale Française pour l’UNESCO, Enactus France and more, awarded higher education institutions that had implemented the most inspiring and innovative sustainable development projects on their campuses. 27 projects, covering eight themes, were presented this year by 19 French and international institutions committed to considering social and environmental issues in their activities in their teaching. This mobilization was even more impressive considering the health crisis.

“The members of the jury told us that they particularly appreciated the fact that this project is sustainable and has a strong impact on many students. Instead of a simple information campaign or a one-time event that might only attract an already informed female audience, we have integrated these topics into the core of the curriculum. In total in 2020, 1600 students were trained and educated through this project (including the SPOC and the marketing session).

“The jury also appreciated the fact that students were positioned as changemakers and drivers of change. The training sessions allow them to understand and reflect on the positive role they can play to prevent these situations or to help any student victim, in addition to the support provided by the reception unit on each campus. The equality charter was launched at their initiative, as well as the organization of in-depth training days for association leaders. We are very proud that IÉSEG students are so committed to these issues,” said Coline Briquet, Deputy to the Academic Director and Co-Referent for Equality between Women and Men.

*responsible campus trophies