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HEC Montréal’s commitment

A renewed mission

HEC Montréal recently completed a strategic planning initiative. This key brainstorming and consultation exercise helped us update our value and mission statements and articulate our vision around today’s world. The School chose to place social responsibility, sustainable development and ethics at the heart of its renewed mission to “train management leaders who make a responsible contribution to the success of organizations and to sustainable social development.”

“We want to become a model of social responsibility, ethics and sustainable development – a source of inspiration for society as a whole.”

Johanne Turbide, Secretary General
  • Our mission, our vision and our values

A strategic priority

Once the planning step was done, HEC Montréal chose to prioritize promoting and encouraging corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and ethics across its activities.

This priority can be divided into three objectives that span all HEC activities:

An office and an action plan to support the school in its commitment

The Sustainable Transition Office (STO) supports all actions taken by the school’s stakeholders relating to sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and ethics. As a change agent, the STO reaches out to many people to share a global vision of sustainable transition.

Learn more about the STO

HEC Montréal has adopted a 2022-2025 Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Ethics Action Plan. This plan:

  • applies to all activities of the school and the university community as a whole
  • defines the operational streams, objectives, actions, and indicators for the next few years
  • presents the strategic targets for the school to achieve its updated mission.

Learn more about the action plan

A rich, resilient ecosystem

HEC Montréal is the heart and soul of a sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and ethics research, teaching and transfer ecosystem that extends far beyond its campus. The School is enhancing and highlighting the work of this ecosystem on a priority basis to help it achieve its full potential.


To learn more about the ecosystem

A few definitions


Sustainable development (SD)

Sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Source: Brundtland Report) It is based on a long-term approach which takes into account the inextricable nature of the environmental, social and economic dimensions of development activities.


Ecological transition

The environment and sustainable development are increasingly associated with the concept of ecological transition. Ecological transition looks at the behaviour of individuals and their groups, as well as at their effects on the environment. It refers to the principles and practices implemented toward solving issues regarding local resilience, the circular economy, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the fight against climate change.


Corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Driven by sustainable development, businesses and organizations are now interested in understanding their impact on society beyond the effects of their primary activities. Corporate social responsibility is “the responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment through transparent and ethical behaviour that:

  • Contributes to sustainable development, including the health and welfare of society
  • Takes into account the expectations of stakeholders
  • Is in compliance with applicable laws and consistent with international norms of behaviour
  • Is integrated throughout the organization and practised in its relationships”

(Source: ISO 26000)


Organizational ethics

Ethics involves thinking critically about individual and collective preferences, decisions and behaviours. Ethics serves the common good. Organizational ethics is a management field that aims to develop individual and organizational abilities to prevent risks and address ethical issues affecting organizations. It also aims to develop responsible and ethical relations among stakeholders.