Economic, Social, Environmental... these three pillars of Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility are now being addressed in all their complementarities throughout the three years of the Bachelor in Business programme.
Combining an experiential dimension with academic excellence, the common denominator is... green!
One of Excelia’s longstanding values
Excelia is a pioneer in this field, having been the first higher education establishment to introduce a Master programme in Sustainable Development, as early as 1999.
The objective is of this latest ‘green’ approach to equip our students and graduates with interdisciplinary skills in the field of social and societal responsibility of organisations.
This Bachelor in Business has been designed to offer students a broad academic overview of the environmental strategy of companies and public bodies, taking account of national and international policies, whilst also providing them with practical professional experience and engendering a sense of responsibility.
Why offer a ‘Green’ Bachelor?
- To save the planet! The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a roadmap for achieving a brighter, more sustainable future for everyone. They address the global challenges we are facing, including those relating to poverty, inequality, the climate, the environment, prosperity, peace and justice. All these goals are interlinked and, to ensure that no one is left by the wayside, each goal, and their associated objectives, need to be achieved by 2030.
- To meet the expectations of companies and organisations that are looking to achieve these SDGs! Excelia has always been committed to CSR, and one of our pedagogical objectives is to constantly develop human skills. The aim is to increase students’ employability by developing their versatility in ‘real life’ situations, giving them the opportunity to work alongside people who are seeking and designing solutions to present-day challenges!
- To educate our students to not simply become ‘good managers’, but rather managers with a genuine concern for what is happening around them. We want our students to be managers who show sensitivity, who are responsible citizens and vectors of progress… managers who are capable of adapting, of transmitting knowledge and making decisions. We are training our students to become the team leaders and project managers of tomorrow. However small and insignificant they may think they are, their contribution is vital to changing the world!
The current situation is critical! So, rather than simply worrying, let’s do something about it!
Three years of education, savoir-faire, experiential learning and soft skills:
Right from the very beginning of Year 1, students will be fully immersed in all that’s ‘green’!
To start with, they will participate in the ‘Climate Fresco’, an important element of the Bachelor in Business programme, which is a game designed to raise awareness and an understanding of climate issues. Players work as a team to find the links between ‘cause and effect’ in order to recreate the climate fresco, using data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
In December, the first Climacité© projects take place, helping students understand how they can make a difference even close to home!
Initiated by the Heads of Programme and the Heads of Experiential and Personal Development, and launched at the end of 2020, Climacité©, a project focusing on climate issues, has been designed to complement Humacité©, Excelia’s hallmark pedagogical initiative which has been addressing solidarity, humanitarian and social issues for the past 15 years.
With some 300 Climacité© projects having already been organised across all programmes since its launch, our students are clearly committed to the environment, upholding the strong values shared by the entire Excelian community.
For the Bachelor in Business programme, 100% of our students have signed an internship agreement to carry out a Climacité© project within an association, a company or a public body. This is an impressive achievement given the current health situation and a second lockdown period.
The Climacité© project lasts three weeks, and can be carried out on a theme that is of personal interest to the student such as animal welfare, support for climate migrants, food waste reduction initiatives, etc. By participating in the implementation of certain measures, students become actors and potentially the driving force behind new solutions.
Both before and after the project, the Bachelor in Business and Climacité© teams are on hand to support students. They help in the search for an initial project opportunity, providing inroads into companies and organisations, and then work alongside students in analysing their experience… an experience which aims to shape values and forge convictions!
Those students who carried out a Climacité© project in December 2020 are best placed to talk about it…
Mathilde Gastal, Bachelor in Business, Year 1
Margaux Baudrit, étudiante en Management opérationnel, Bachelor in Business, Year 1
Enora Bolteau, Bachelor in Business, Year 1
Marco Thoreau, Bachelor in Business, Year 1
Manon Arrivé, Bachelor in Business, Year 1
Amandine Magnan, Bachelor in Business, Year 1
Léana Frocq, Bachelor in Business, Year 1
In Year 2, a new Environmental Culture module aims to build an inventory of all the ‘green’ solutions that exist in the world today, opening up avenues for discussion. The educational content is fascinating and motivating, all the more so as students can draw upon the theory from lessons during their experience in the field and vice versa.
Workshops are dedicated to the ecological impact of products and services on the environment. Although the three-month internship does not necessarily have to have a CSR or Sustainable Development focus, lesson content generally finds its way into practice, regardless of the host organisation.
During Year 3, students have the opportunity to choose a specialisation.
Whilst all students have lessons in CSR given by research-active Faculty members, in addition, it is possible to choose the Sustainable Development Manager specialisation, launched in 2020 with ten pioneering students, exploring the HR, legal, strategic and communications aspects of Sustainable Development.
In January, students undertake a Consultancy Project… fifteen intense days applying the concepts and fundamentals. Faced with real-life business issues, in all sectors of activity (fashion, hotels, retirement homes, etc.), students have to put forward CSR and Sustainable Development recommendations, within a given time frame.
A four-month end-of-study internship allows students to put into practice the knowledge acquired during the three years of their study programme.
The ‘Green’ Bachelor in Business has its very own patron!
Marion Martinez is a graduate of Excelia’s MSc in Sustainable Development, CSR and Environment. She has created her own company, Rupture Engagée, in which she accompanies organisations in their CSR approach, as well as providing training in CSR and the ecological transition.
In addition to being a lecturer for Bachelor in Business Year 2 students, and those in Year 3 on the Sustainable Development Manager specialisation, Marion is also a member of the examining board for the Grand Oral for students in Year 3.
Student testimonial… Clémence Williot
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Business professional testimonial… Géraldine Valentin
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