IÉSEG and its Center of excellence for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR), with the support of the Foundation of the Université Catholique de Lille, have recently awarded the second edition of the ‘ICOR Prize’.
This competition rewards the best Master’s thesis by an IÉSEG student in the fields of organizational ethics, social responsibility and sustainability. It is in line with the School’s 2025 Vision to “empower changemakers for a better society”.
The master’s theses were first evaluated by lÉSEG professors, all members of ICOR, in order to select the best 3 (in terms of academic criteria). These were then judged by a panel of external experts: Joséphine BIERNACKI, (Groupe Damartex), Cécile DELIVRE (Fondation IDKIDS), Maël LAGADEC (Sustainalytics).
On Wednesday 19th April, the first prize was awarded to student Jade TISSIER for her work entitled: “Sustainability and access to capital: An investigation of the crowdfunding of sustainable firms”.
Thanks to the support of the Foundation of the Université Catholique de Lille, a prize of € 2 000 was awarded: €1 000 for Jade and the remaining € 1,000 for a non-profit organization or social enterprise of her choice. She plans to give the money to Perus Shoes, a brand of shoes which are handmade by artisans in Peru (For each pair of shoes sold one day of school for disadvantaged children in Cuzco, Peru is financed).
The two other finalists were Charlotte AVRIL for her thesis on the effects of work-life balance policies on employees’ well-being in France and Nicolas PAGNON, who carried out his thesis on the characteristics and factors associated with income inequality in European countries.
The ICOR award presentation took place during a conference/debate on the topic of “Basic Income: towards a fair and free society?” This included interventions from Philippe VAN PARIJS (Université de Louvain), and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network and Jean-Eric HYAFIL (Sorbonne University), co-founder of the French movement « Mouvement Français pour un Revenu de Base (MFRB) ». These were followed by debates with members of the School’s student associations ENACTUS and LA TRIBUNE.
More information is available from François Maon, co-coordinator of the ICOR center: firstname.lastname@example.org