Sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (O2)

Course Director(s): Michelle Mongo


The module aims to mobilise and raise the awareness of students in relation to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. In depth studies will enable them to confront concrete aspects of these issues. Through a variety of situations and domains they will be encouraged to question ethical aspects (individual and collective) and contributions to climate change (in the context of the COP 21 climate agreements).

The module will begin with an introductory perspective session. Afterwards, in-depth workshops will be proposed in the framework of 6 thematic workshops. The student will choose one of the 6 workshops presented below. These will take place in two stages, 2x2.5 days.

1.     Resilience and transition: Natacha Gondran, Eric Piatyszek

2.     Corporate social responsibility in SME: Sandrine Berger-Douce :

3.     Responsible Innovation for SD: Technology Transfer Issues: Michelle Mongo

4.     Ethics and the Engineer: Nadine Dubruc

5.     Green IT and digital transition: Julien de Benedittis

6.     HandiManager Label Training: Hélène Pangot

Feedback presentations of their reflections concerning these themes will be made during two sessions.

The module will end with a closing session focused on feedback from a personality from outside the School.
During the teaching period of this module, students must pass the Sulitest (Sustainability Literacy Test). Sulitest is an international initiative to measure and improve knowledge, skills and attitudes about sustainable development. This tool is used in many academic and non-academic institutions in over 50 countries.

Links between other projects / multi-disciplinary projects / internships

This is an initiation into a sustainable development programme which could be developed during the projects (Citizenship project, Innovation and Entrepreneurship project …) and courses which deal with sustainable development topics.

Positioning within the overall programme

Key words

Sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, ethics, ecological transition, climate change, territorial resilience, computer science and society, responsible innovation, eco-innovation, technology transfer, green economy.


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Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit, the student will be capable of:

Classification level


Knowing the essential elements of general sustainable development issues


1. Knowledge




Understanding ways in which social responsibility is handled in different forms, in different contexts


2. Understand




Summarising complex questions with a systemic approach in contrast to the segmented approach practised during preparatory classes


5. Summarise




Knowing application notions in each of the fields


4. Analyse















Learning assessment methods

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Other(s):sustainabilitytest        20  %

Programme and content

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2x2.5 days of parallel deepening:

  1. Resilience and transition Natacha Gondran, Eric Piatyszek
  2. Corporate social responsibility in SME Sandrine Berger-Douce
  3. Responsible Innovation for SD: Technology Transfer Issues: Michelle Mongo
  4. Ethics and the Engineer Nadine Dubruc
  5. Green IT and digital transition: Julien de Benedittis
  6. HandiManager Label Training: Hélène Pangot

Different themes will be covered in each module: territory, risk, information, resilience, North-South questions, responsible purchasing, diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility labels



Short presentations by the students on the question of ethics for sustainable development, in the form of power points, short videos or mini stage shows (for theatre fans).