With A Forward-Looking Strategic Plan, France’s EDHEC Cements Focus On Climate & Sustainability

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Poets & Quants 14/06/2024

Poets & Quants

"In February 2023, dean Emmanuel Métais told Poets&Quants that he wanted EDHEC Business School to lead on both climate and impact. Today, the French business school unveiled a new strategic plan that overwhelmingly supports that vision.

The plan, Generations 2050, is backed by €270 million of pledged investments. These include €112 million for campus renovations and expansions, €21 million to expand sustainable entrepreneurship, €40 million for green finance efforts, and €20 million to the creation of EDHEC AI. The plan also pledges to hire 100 more professors and researchers, bringing its total number up to 270.

“Reinventing business models for the common good and championing sustainable finance will define our legacy for future generations,” Métais says.

“This new strategic plan, which represents a revolutionary new take on our school’s strategy, is dedicated to accelerating these transformations through impact-driven research, excellence in education, and the commitment of tens of thousands of EDHEC alumni around the globe.”


EDHEC Business School welcomes about 9,500 students per year in undergraduate, graduate and executive programs. While about a third of them are French, students come from about 110 nationalities, including many from the United States. Its three main campuses are in Lille in the North of France, in Nice on the French Riviera, and in Paris. It also has research campuses in London and Singapore, as well as 50,000 alumni around the world.

Generations 2050 builds upon EDHEC’s already ambitious 20-25 Strategic Plan launched in March 2020 which firmly planted the school’s flag on sustainability and impact.

The new plan outlines the school’s actions through 2028 with an eye to the year 2050 – a milestone for both the planet and EDHEC itself. 2050 is the target year set by many governments, scientists, and organizations to reach net-zero carbon emissions or risk grave climate consequences. 2050 is also the year that babies born in the next four years will come to and graduate from EDHEC.

Generations 2050 is built around three pillars: Promoting net positive business practices, empowering students to drive transformation, and advancing climate finance. (...)"

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With A Forward-Looking Strategic Plan, France’s EDHEC Cements Focus On Climate & Sustainability