Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

Toulouse Business School is committed to training managers who are aware of social and environmental challenges from a worldwide but also from a local perspective. Training responsible managers is also giving sense to tomorrow’s businesses. In this framework, TBS began integrating principles of responsible management and sustainable development 10 years ago, in its teaching curricula and research programs as well as in the operation, layout and management of its campus.

This commitment is mainly conducted by the following key players:

Our internal Organization CSR-SD

The Social Responsibility Committee

It includes a panel of the main internal stake holders. It is composed of the Director of the Group, the CSR-SD Consultant, student associations representatives (BDE, Fédération, B3D), 3 research professors, the Head of Faculty, the different Programs Directors, the Head of Research, the International Relations Director, and the Directors of the different support departments involved: CFO, HR, Educational Improvement, Communications, Partners and Development, Foundation, Quality, General Services and IT.
The Social Responsibility Committee is overseen by the Director of the Group and hosted by the CSR-SD Consultant under the supervision of the CFO.

Purpose: it defines strategic operations and follows up on implemented actions.
Its purpose is to examine TBS’s policies in sustainable development and social and community responsibility, to put forward proposals, and to prepare annual reports on the subject, particularly as part of the "Plan Vert” initiative of the CGE-CPU, and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Operational committees

The process offers a variety of approaches with different Operational Committees:

  • Environment Management Operational Committee (meets 4 times a year). It is composed of the CSR-SD Consultant, members of General Services, IT, Communications, students and external partners, as well as guest co-workers if necessary.
  • Teaching and Training Operational Committee. It is composed of the different Heads of Departments and other volunteer members of faculty. In order to avoid multiple meetings, CSR items are systematically brought up during department meetings and Operational Committee meetings.

Operational Committees design the action plans for each priority operation, decide on indicators and objectives, facilitate and follow up on action plans.

Project Groups

Project groups devoted to different actions are made up depending on the operations established for the academic year (for instance: M/W equality, responsible purchases, carbon footprint).

Structuring principles

PRMEAdopting the "Principles for Responsible Management Education"

See the PRME report of TBSToulouse Business School confirms its engagement towards Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development by supporting by supporting the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), initiated by the United Nations Global Compact in July 2007.

The global compactSigning the Global Compact

Toulouse Business School has also signed the United Nations Global Compact, designed to entrust businesses with 10 principles relative to Human Rights, working conditions, environmental conservation and fight against corruption. In the framework of the UN Rio+20 conferences, Toulouse Business School signed "The Commitment to Sustainable Practices of Higher Education Institutions on the Occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development".

Signature of the Charter for Male/Female equality in 2013, TBS signed the charter for M/F equality of the CGE – CPU. In application of this charter, the school organized a conference-debate on this topic for all students in the first year of the Master’s program in partnership with the French National Agency for the Improvement of Working Conditions (ANACT). Workshop is currently set up in order to elaborate an action plan for 2015/2016.

Courses and projects to produce responsible managers

Toulouse Business School offers a complete course for CSR-SD throughout the three-year "Grande Ecole" program.

The creation of a specialized master’s degree in "sustainable development and climate changes management" in partnership with l’Ecole Nationale de Météorologie (ENM) and l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique in Toulouse (ENSAT).

Research on CSR-SD

“The New Business Models Project”, started in 2014, as part of the project of the Chaire d’excellence Pierre de Fermat. This Chaire is run by the Dutch professor Jan Jonker, who is known internationally for his work on sustainable development and business modeling. Professor Jonker will be working for 2 years with TBS teachers and the students on this European project, financed by the Conseil Régional Midi-Pyrénées. This research will develop fundamental and applied knowledge in the fields of business models for a circular and collaborative economy all leading to a more sustainable economy. Various cases in the Midi-Pyrénées region will be studied in the framework of this Chaire, and compared to other European countries during symposiums organized at TBS. During the two years of the chair three international seminars are being held on New Business Models.

Brief Circular Economy Inaugural speech WEconomy, Jan Jonker - TEDxZwolle

Creation of a "Sustainable and Responsible Development" privileged partnership: launched in 2008, La Poste, GrDF and Fidal are associated with this chair. The partnership focuses essentially on the ANEDD (Les Assises nationales Etudiantes du Développement Durable) organized at TBS by TBS student association B3D (Bureau du Développement Durable).

Regular academic publications on CSR-SD issues

CSR-SD research and publications are monitored each year. About 20 research professors have published works related to CSR-SD in 2014-2015. Research topics are:
  • Environmental economy
  • Carbon Dioxide sequestration, climate changes
  • Global warming adaptation , CO2, Carbon tax
  • The development of renewable energy and R&D
  • Businesses' corporate-environmental performance, environmental reporting
  • Carbon accounting, integrated reporting, environmental accounting
  • Environmental management control
  • Measuring lasting performance
  • Business management and sustainable development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable development and CSR management
  • CSR and public services
  • CSR and Human Resource Management
  • Ethic and spiritual diversity, Islamic business ethics
  • CSR and Corporations, CSR and capitalism
  • Corporate innovation against poverty – Brazil
  • Man/Woman equality
  • Health and vulnerable employees
  • Gender and consumer behavior
  • CSR and consumers
  • The right to digital oblivion
  • Personal data protection


  • 3 major events were organized by the research department in 2014-2015.
    • The 2nd annual conference of the FAERE (French Association of Environment and natural Resources Economists). This event was organized by two TBS research professors.
    • The 3rd APDGE Congress (‘Grandes Ecoles’ Law Professors Association) took place at Toulouse Business School on December 3rd and 4th 2015. The main topic was “Corporate Governance and compliance: obligation or opportunity?”.
    • The Seminar on November 27th and 28th 2015: What humanism for tomorrow? Humankind’s future in our societies.
  • 3 major events were organized by the research department in 2012-2013
    • The 3rd International Conference on Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work on September 12th and 13th, 2013
    • The 5th “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" international conference at ESC Toulouse from July 23rd to 25th, 2012
    • Corporate Social Responsibility Conference on April 24th, 2012

Research projects

  • TBS, member of project SEARRCH
    SEARRCH (Sustainable Engineering Assessment Research for Recylced Composites with High value) obtained funding from the ANR (National research Agency). The goal is to come up with relevant indicators (environmental, social, economic) and develop the tools and methods to assess the long term value of composites recycling coordination; especially aeronautics CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer).
    Contact: Luc Rouge and Gilles Lafforgue
  • Environmental and social accounting
    Contact :
  • Businesses environmental communication: comparing France and Canada
    Contact :
  • The importance of Integrated Reporting in accounting
    The ACCA/IMA (Association of Chartered Accountants/Institute of Management Accountants), based in New Jersey, signed a research contract with two academic research labs: TBS and HEC.
    The aim of the project is to develop greater knowledge and a better understanding of “Integrated Reporting” (integration of financial and non-financial accounting) and its implications on accounting.
    Contact : Delphine Gibassier
  • POREEN project
    Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental industries.
    Contact : Louise Curran
  • Encouraging the development of semi-vegetarianism
    The objective of the research project is to study the flexitarian diet (or semi-vegetarian diet). This eating habit consists in deliberately reducing the consumption of meat.
    Contact :

Discover the overall set of research projects ›

Creation of the ANEDD, Assises Nationales Etudiantes du Développement Durable:

Focused on Innovation for Sustainable Development, this event is an open dialogue between students from business schools, engineering schools and universities, and business corporations. The first ANEDD was organized in 2007. It gave rise to REFEDD (Réseau Français des Etudiants pour le Développement Durable) and a charter for students in favor of sustainable development. Awards are attributed to the most innovating businesses and local authorities. Two 1000€-awards are attributed to student initiatives.

Watch the video Discover the 2015 ANEDD

Students’ engagement is realized through

B3DA student association: B3D, Bureau du Développement Durable : Created in 2006, this association organizes different events aimed at opening minds on professional stakes when it comes to environment, fair trade, collective economy etc… Every year, it conducts the organization of the ANEDD (Assises Nationales Eudiantes du Développement Durable).

ESCadrille Green BusinessA Business Unit : « Green business » : The Junior-Entreprise (business run by graduate students) ESCadrille Toulouse Junior Conseil set up the Business Unit Green Business in 2010 in partnership with B3D.

Some exemples of students’engagement

Ecological management of our campus

This is a complicated subject in all higher education organizations as it involves students, staff members, support services and external contractors.

The Environment Management Operational Committee (meets 4 times a year) is very much involved in the matter.  It is composed of the CSR-SD Consultant, members of General Services, IT, Communications, students and external partners, as well as guest co-workers if necessary. TBS is working on improvement with the following actions:

  • A carbon footprint and energy diagnosis of TBS in 2016
  • Launching of a “responsible purchases” work group with Synethic and GAREM (Midi-Pyrenees Responsible Purchases Group)
  • Setting up of 3 beehives on top of TBS roofs with Biocenys
  • A new contractor GreenBuro (a company acting towards insertion through work) and new company for the selective collection of waste (paper, plastic cups and bottles, tin cans, batteries): according to GreenBuro “the collection of paper through bleu bins is generally very efficient and well executed, plastic bottles and tin cans are alright, but it doesn’t work very well at all for plastic cups.” See Memo Tri Joint
  • Better signage from the collectors (can still be improved)
  • Encourage the cleaning crews to work along the same lines
  • Resort to a specialized contractor: ALTER EV for the maintenance of Entiore’s outdoor area
  • Continuing the collection of electric and electronic waste (Déchets d’Equipements Electriques et Electroniques, DEEE) with ENVIE, a social and professional integration association
  • Participation to the COMUE “Déchets” (waste) project

As sustainable development is also about enjoying…

Experimenting with fruit baskets, a global project that makes sense with À croquer

Working towards balanced meals at work. Supporting small local producers who respect the environment. Supporting local basketry craftsmanship. Financing local agroforestry projects”

And of course, 2,5kg local fruit and vegetable baskets from B3D for 5 euros.

There is still much to be done, and redone, but TBS is going forward! Thank you to the teams in charge of these projects and to the students of B3D.

TBS code of ethics

Toulouse Business School aims to train high potential managers, able to understand the world in all its complexity, holders of ethical and humane values, with a capacity to act and innovate.

The TBS charter commits the entire community – students, members of the administration and teachers – united around four values: boldness, enthusiasm, openness and ethics.

Read the code of ethics ›

Patricia CHAUVEL-AUBLET Coordinatrice RSE & Développement DurableContact

Coordinator of the CSR-SD Project