Environmental transition and business ethics


The T3E course aims to provide the conceptual, regulatory and methodological foundations for a first approach to the issues and implementation of the environmental and ethical transition in business. These foundations cover both the management of the activity (e.g. CSR, sustainable development, ecological redirection, business ethics) and the design of products and services (e.g. eco-design, ethics-by-design). Organized in the form of a week-long immersive seminar, the course brings in experts from different backgrounds (academia, consulting, business) who are specialists in the fields in question, and mobilizes students for practical work and a final project.

Teaching and Learning Methods: 
The course is organized in the form of a "full immersion" seminar that occupies the students full time over the course of a week (3 full days of 6 hours + 2 half days of 3 hours). Each day is organized around a specific theme addressed on a theoretical and empirical level with experts in the field (researchers, consultants/trainers, CSR managers). The sessions use a mixed teaching and learning format, based on alternating lectures and active methods (collaborative workshops, surveys, case studies, and role-playing). A final application project carried out in groups is required for the validation of the course.
Course Policies: Attendance and punctuality at all course sessions are mandatory. Active participation in the workshops. The use of laptops or tablets is allowed for note-taking and practical work.

  • Book: BAKAN J. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. Simon and Schuster, 2005, 240 p.
  • Book chapter: DRAETTA L. « ‘On n'est pas des repris de justice!’ Pour une sociologie de l'environnementalisme industriel », Responsabilité sociale de l'entreprise. Pour un nouveau contrat social. ROSÉ J-J (ed.), De Boeck, 2006, p. 335-364.
  • Conference: MONNIN A., BONNET E. et LANDIVAR D. “What does the anthropocene to organizations?”, Colloque EGOS, Edinburgh, 2019, 10 p.

  • Book: SAVALL H., PERON M., ZARDET V. & BONNET M.Socially Responsible Capitalism and Management. Routledge, 2019, 150p.
  • Revue: VOYANT O., BONNET M., TABCHOURY P. & DATRY F. Contribution of the socio-economic management control to steering balanced and sustainable company overall performance. Society and Business Review, Vol 12 N°2, 2017, p 216-234.


The climate mural.

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 contemporary companies to transform their socio-economic model and renew their culture and behavior. In order to respond to the increasing pressure exerted by a changing world and by a growing number of stakeholders (from legislators, regulators, shareholders and customers to employees, future recruits, consumers and civil society), it is no longer simply a matter of decarbonizing activities by reducing energy consumption, or producing speeches on ethics in order to give the impression of acting in a responsible way. A paradigm shift is needed: implementing new forms of socially responsible capitalism that integrate environmental protection, employee well-being, integrity and transparency with stakeholders as factors of value creation.
The environmental transition and the ethical transition are emerging as genuine corporate projects. Integrating them into its management methods and production and work processes is a way for contemporary companies to improve their attractiveness, enhance their brand image, and solidify the support and commitment of their employees, but above all, they are a way to evolve in harmony with the social world of which they are a part. The issue is also legal, as the laws and regulations governing industrial environmentalism and business ethics are multiplying both nationally and internationally, becoming increasingly restrictive (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 cover both business management (e.g. CSR, sustainable development, environmental management, ecological redirection, business ethics) and the responsible design of products and services (e.g. eco-design, ethics-by-design).
To reinforce their skills, students will be put in situations based on case studies of companies that have taken exemplary actions in terms of industrial environmentalism or business ethics. By analyzing the leadership or management style of these companies, as well as their practices, students will be able to understand the ways in which environmental protection and ethical commitment can be practiced on a daily basis by multinationals or small and medium-sized businesses (a space is devoted to testimonies from the managers of these organizations).
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 and equipped to deal with them. At the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Understand the major challenges of ecological and ethical transitions for society and business
  • Master the conceptual, regulatory and methodological fundamentals of CSR
  • Develop a critical reading of contemporary capitalism
  • Draw up typologies of industrial environmentalism and business ethics, and evaluate their modalities in terms of strengths/weaknesses and opportunities/constraints for the company
  • Master the levers of responsible and sustainable change in companies
  • Develop a change or sustainable performance project applied to a concrete case

Nb hours: 24.00


  • Continuous assessment on MCQs, lab. sessions, and problem sessions (50% of the final grade)
  • Project (50% of the final grade).