Social responsibility - ICN Business School

Social responsibility

Strategy and governance

Social responsibility of the school

The mission of ICN Business School is to train responsible managers, that is, executives who are respectful of persons as human beings and respectful of the natural environment, as part of their concern to improve performance and economic profitability. ICN includes in its teaching programs humanist values such as self-respect, respect for others and respect for the environment. These give students references which are appropriate for making enlightened decisions. With this in mind ICN has developed a Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development (SD) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which gives due consideration for School staff, students, suppliers and the many other School stakeholders (companies, NGO’s, Local and Regional Councils, etc.).

SD & CSR pilot committee

ICN designed this plan from an initial analysis of the current situation regarding the different facets of Sustainable Development and then defined the major issues resulting from this analysis. There then followed a CSR action plan which led to the creation of specific projects falling into three categories: training, research and socially responsible commitments. The last phase of the strategy was to involve, on a long term basis, the School’s stakeholders, not forgetting their own concerns and suggestions.

The Pilot Committee has also drawn up a list of Responsible Commitments which will be put into effect in the School in order to reinforce the different facets of the SD/CSR strategic plan:
• Promote Equal Opportunities and Diversity;
• Develop and put into practice SD and CSR concepts;
• Give support to the student Associations’ projects relating to SD and CSR and encourage colleagues to become involved in community and responsible projects;
• Involve companies in the training of tomorrow’s responsible managers that the students will become, and in developing responsible business relationships with suppliers;
• Contribute to discussions concerning and the communication of responsible knowledge, responsible know-how and responsible behavior, together with the School’s different stakeholders, locally, nationally and internationally.

One further activity of the Pilot Committee is to make Responsible Commitments a reality by publishing a list of SD performance indicators to ensure that ICN Business School is more effective and efficient in managing its SD & CSR policy (cf annexe SD/CSR indicators).


Teaching/Research Faculty are engaged in scientific productions in which CSR issues are included. It is also present in symposia, scientific research events, lectures and thesis defenses, and in refereed conferences for communications and peer-reviewed journals published each year.

Environmental management

Developing activities to protect the environment

• Policies to increase the awareness of colleagues and students regarding environmental protection (e.g. programming all computers to print only in black and white and back-to-back) have been adopted by the Head of Technical Services at ICN.

• ICN Business School has been particularly keen, over a number of years, to order its supplies from responsible suppliers. This is the case for the actual materials utilized and their country of origin and the conditions in which they were produced. As an example, printing of presentational documents is carried out by a local Lorraine company which is ‘Imprim’Vert’ accredited. Similarly certain communication items are now supplied by a local company. This again prioritizes ethical and responsible values.

• The School is attentive to the careful recycling of used products and materials after organized meetings such as conferences and seminars. It also practises a policy of re-utilizing materials when possible.

• The ICN’s Research and Development Annual is now published on-line each year. It is only printed on paper when absolutely necessary, for audit purposes, for example.

• The SD/CSR Pilot Committee has set itself the target of obtaining all purchases for the School’s different Directorates from ethical and socially responsible sources.

Student Associations participate in environmental protection

The student Association Green Touch, in partnership with other Associations, is managing a number of activities to increase awareness of sustainable development: installation of waste-sorting points, facilitating re-cycling operations on all School sites; posting of adhesive stickers next to each electric switch and taps on the campus to remind users to save energy and water; sustainable development awareness campaigns with pupils in secondary and high schools which are ICN partners in the Pathways to Success initiative; bio- and fair-trade lunches and breakfasts are held on a number of occasions throughout the year; eco-cups (re-usable drinking beakers) are used for lunches and breakfasts…

Social and human policies

With the ICN staff

• A recruitment policy which respects an anti-discrimination commitment. ICN is also committed to working with service providers who also apply this rule.

• A code of behavior for students, enhanced working terms and conditions for the employees and a good practice guide for internet and media users have all been put in place to make life in the ICN as pleasant as possible.

• The purchase of computer and IT materials, together with improvements in the user-comfort of work-stations has led to an improvement in employees’ working conditions.

With the ICN student associations

• Latina is an Association which helps poor children in Peru. It collects in France and distributes in Peru teaching materials, health and hygiene materials, and toys. Its activities target mainly the shantytowns and poor districts which do not have the advantages which such articles bring.

• GreenTouch has as its mission to raise awareness of the problems and challenges of sustainable development to a range of different publics: ICN students, primary school children and academic Faculty.

• The Association ARTEM Réussite is part of the national network ‘Pathways to Success’ (Cordées de la Réussite). Its aim is to encourage middle school and high school pupils in difficult urban districts to persevere and succeed in their personal, educational and professional projects.Consequently the students organize throughout the year events in partner institutions.

Regional involvement and partnerships

With companies

ICN has solid and long-established relationships with many partners with whom it shares many SD/CSR events. It regularly signs agreements with enterprises and local government authorities in order to reinforce collaborative activities with these organizations, in particular the presence and participation of companies in the School’s daily operations and the placement of students on internships and first jobs in companies.

With the ICN Foundation

ICN Business School has 5 other major collaborative partnerships with companies in the ICN Foundation. These all include financial support for SD/CSR initiatives.

With national and international associations

The School has taken the decision to support both morally and financially several of the Les Restaurants du Coeur Association’s activities, particularly with help in managing a budget, help in job recruiting, with holiday entitlements and arrangements, and with educational support.

The partnership with Enactus focuses on the entrepreneurial initiatives of students. The aim is to permanently improve economic, social and environmental aspects of the lives of those who are helped. As such Enactus has helped to: enhance the commitment of students to the company via entrepreneurial projects which meet Enactus criteria; develop students’ human and entrepreneurial qualities and skills via the management of a reallife team project; advise students in their job search by giving them guidance with their career plans and providing opportunities for internships, apprenticeships and first jobs; make contributions to resolving the challenges of contemporary society and improving the lives of needy people, through a combination of higher education know-how, the experience of companies, and the energy and enthusiasm of young students.

Mise à jour le 20/09/2019