Every year, 14 groups of ESSEC students pitch their sustainability projects at the end of the 10 days.
During our seminar, students have the opportunity to pitch and promote their ideas (elevator pitch) in a thirty-second video to be submitted one day before the final presentations to all jury members and the whole group. Here are some of them :
"ESSEC today has the image of a citadel that sits in the center of the city of Cergy Pontoise. ESSEC students and the habitants of Cergy seem to live together without any contact"
The 2019 winner team highlighted 4 cardinal points to solve this issue with their project Campus 2020: ensuring that the campus is innovative, mobile and agile, open but above all welcoming and inspiring.
The group has designed 4 areas: decompartmentalization of the campus, social inclusion, waste treatment and sustainable food catering.
"(At Comprendre et Changer le Monde) We learnt that we need to integrate and anticipate the risks of doing business, with one of those risks being the loss of natural resources. Increasingly rare, it’s essential to find new solutions and act now"
"The Planet can survive without us" states Hiba Houmache, "but we can’t survive without the Planet. It’s time to decide to do something. And to be optimistic that we can solve things."
Read Here the full article by Hiba Houmache published on the Council on Business & Society (November 12, 2018)
"Ultimately, the transition to a knowledge-based economy in the 21st century has profoundly changed the way businesses operate. The introduction of new technologies into the professional lives of skilled workers has shaped a new working environment that is more connected, more participative and offers more autonomy to employees."
During the 2019 Seminar, Group 2 has thought of new measures to reduce the exploitation at workers of the knowledge economy in the 21st century: awareness-raising, creation of organizations independent of companies, medical control for managers, strengthening of the right to disconnect in companies, or even the creation of a rating agency according to the quality of work offered to managers by companies.
Group 13 studied and discussed the effectiveness of a new mechanism which would consist in shifting the financial burden of transitioning to a green economy from consumers.
Their project is called "financial markets for a green economy".
Their recommendations revolve around the need for an environmental measure that does not penalize end consumers. It is a question of building a targeted tax and not a "flat tax". It is important not to overlook the importance of an external and independent control body which will ensure the correct labeling of assets.
Finally, this new system will encourage investors to better contribute to the green transition by directing their capital to greener investments.