Public conference
  • Teresa Ribera Teresa Ribera est directrice de l'Iddri, (Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales), institut de recherche  …
  • Yannick Jadot député européen, représentant de Benoit Hamon  …

The societal role of the company: Is the European Union the spearhead of sustainable capitalism?

Wednesday 04th of April 2018, Paris (France)

Is a new form of capitalism possible? Social and environmental standards enshrined in trade agreements, labels for better traceability of value chains, extra-financial evaluation standards, good governance codes and practices, corporate social responsibility – legal modifications and/or mission-driven companies: all these levers can combine economic and societal issues.

While the challenges of fairness, solidarity and consideration of ecological and resource issues are increasingly urgent and important in a context of profound geopolitical evolution, can the European Union lead the way and support this transformation dynamic? Can we envisage a new European pact to tackle the challenges of the 21st century by affirming a model of sustainable and responsible economic development?

To discuss these questions, IDDRI and the Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation invite you to interact with a high-level panel:


Opening: Cornelia Woll, Director of Studies and Academic Affairs, Sciences Po

Moderation: Teresa Ribera, Director of IDDRI


  • Thomas Becker, former Director of Photocat (Green Technologies), former CEO of the European Wind Energy Association, former Deputy Secretary General of the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy
  • Marie-Laure Djelic, Professor at Sciences Po and Co-Dean of the Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation, specialist in the comparative history of capitalism.
  • Daniel Hurstel, Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Co-Chairman with Antoine Frérot of the “Contrat de Société” commission convened by the Club des Juristes in 2017.
  • Yannick Jadot, Member of European Parliament, Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade
  • Cristina Tébar Less, Head, Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Unit Investment Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Students from the School of Management and Innovation will discuss with panellists about changes in the societal role of companies and on practical solutions to rethink prosperity.

The Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation aims to train business professionals of tomorrow who are able to use their creativity and entrepreneurial vision to transform companies and rethink the role of business in society with a view to the common good.

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