Environmental transition and business ethics

The T3E course aims to provide the conceptual, regulatory and methodological foundations necessary for a first approach to the environmental and ethical transition of the company. Organised in the form of a 'full immersion' seminar which will take place over the course of a short week, the course will involve the participation of external experts specialised in CSR (consultants, scientists, industrialists) and will mobilise the students on practical work and a final project.
Teaching and learning methods:
The course is organised as a 'full immersion' seminar, which will occupy students full time for a short week (3 full days + 1 half day). Each session will be organised around presentations by experts in the field (consultants, scientists, industrialists) and practical work carried out by the students and supervised by the teachers. A final project, carried out in group, will be required for the validation of the course.
Course Policies: Attendance and punctuality at all sessions are mandatory.


Bakan Joel,La Corporation, Les Editions Transcontinental, 2004.

Draetta Laura, « ‘On n'est pas des repris de justice !’ Pour une sociologie de l'environnementalisme industriel », in Rosé Jean-Jacques (éd.), Responsabilité sociale de l'entreprise. Pour un nouveau contrat social. Louvain-la-Neuve, De Boeck, 2006, p. 335-364.

Rosé Jean-Jacques & Delattre Miguel (eds.), RSE et Numérique. Une vision francophone, Paris, Editions EMS, 2022 (certains chapitres).

D’autres lectures seront conseillées en classe.



The already brutal consequences of climate change and the financial scandals that have shaken the world of multinationals in recent decades have illustrated the importance for companies to transform their socio-economic models and renew their ways of producing and working. In order to respond to the growing pressure from their stakeholders (legislators and regulators, shareholders, customers, employees and future recruits), it is not just a matter of decarbonising activities by reducing energy consumption, or producing speeches on ethics to give the impression of acting responsibly without actually committing to concrete actions. It is rather a question of changing the paradigm. Acting for the protection of the environment, ensuring the well-being of employees and demonstrating integrity and transparency to stakeholders have become imperatives for the contemporary company.
The environmental transition and the ethical transition have become corporate projects that call into question its models, behaviours and culture. Integrating these two dimensions into its management and production processes will enable the company to improve its attractiveness, enhance its brand image, solidify the support and commitment of its employees, but above all to evolve in harmony with the social world of which it is part. The challenge is also legal, as many laws, directives and regulations now govern industrial environmentalism and business ethics, both nationally and internationally (Ecodesign Directive, laws on waste and nature protection, RGPD, Sapin 2 law on transparency and the fight against corruption, etc.).
Aimed at first year students, the T3E course aims to provide the conceptual, regulatory and methodological foundations necessary for a first approach to the environmental and ethical transition of the company. These fundamentals will cover both the environmental management of the activity (e.g. environmental management of a production site) and the ethics- and eco-friendly design of products and services (e.g. ethics-by-design, eco-design).
To reinforce their skills, students will be given case studies of companies that have experienced major crises (social or environmental) or that have taken exemplary action in terms of industrial environmentalism or business ethics. By analysing the leadership style and practices of these companies, students will be able to understand the ways in which environmental protection and ethics are practised on a daily basis by multinationals or SMEs. A space will be dedicated to testimonials from an entrepreneur. 
Learning outcomes
The T3E course is part of a general objective to train responsible engineers who are in tune with the major social and environmental issues of our contemporary society. 
End of course competences :
At the end of the course, students will be able to :
Understand the major issues of ecological and ethical transitions for the world and the company
Draw up a typology of industrial environmentalism and evaluate its modalities in terms of strengths/weaknesses and costs/benefits for the company
Drawing up a typology of business ethics and assessing its modalities in terms of strengths/weaknesses and costs/benefits for business
External speakers: Jean-Jacques Rosé (Researcher at EHESS, Vice-president of ADERSE, Marseille), Julie Orgelet (Consultant LCA & Ecodesign expert, Grenoble), an expert in business ethics and ethics-by-design (Wiston Maxwell, XAI-4-AML Chair), an industrial witness (CSR manager, member company of GIE ?
From 12 to 15 December 2022
(Monday - Wednesday: 8:30-11:45 and 13:30-16:45; Thursday: 8:30-11:45)
12/12/2022 - Environmental transition and business ethics: business issues, society issues? The role of the engineer - Laura Draetta (Télécom Paris) and Jean-Jacques Rosé (EHESS)  
Introduction to the T3E theme and the course; ecological modernisation and industrial environmentalism (issues and practices); a film to understand the climate emergency + debate session; business ethics: why and how. Entry into situation: project fair.
13/12/2022 - Let's do it fast, it's getting hot! - Julie Orgelet (DDemain)
Integrating the environmental dimension into the company's strategy. Regulatory framework (main national and international legal and normative texts). Methodological framework (assessing and reducing the impact of digital products and services via life cycle analysis). GreenIT in the age of digitalization of society and scarcity of resources. Environmental management. Industrial ecology. Circular economy). Case studies.
14/12/ 2022 - Business ethics - Wiston Maxwell (Télécom Paris, XAI-4-AML Chair) and Laura Draetta (Télécom Paris)
Legal framework of data protection (RGPD, eIDAS Regulation, Data Protection Act, ...). Methodological framework of data protection (Data Ethics Impact Assessment, Privacy by design, Ethics by design, Certifications). Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. Research ethics
15/12/2022 - Company testimonial (company to be defined) and Student Project Workshop - Laura Draetta (Télécom Paris).
A 4th session for the restitution of the projects (date to be defined).

Nb hours: 21.00.

Grading Policy: Classroom exercises + project.