As host to several business Chairs, the Institute for Sustainability through Innovation (IRSI) has strengthened the relationship between the corporate world and the academic world, not only through its ‘company-school’ educational approach but also through the joint development of projects. To date, several Chairs have been created around the theme of social responsibility, with the involvement of major local, regional, national and international organisations: Fleury-Michon, Cevital, Hautier transports, Pôle Atlantech, EDF, Alstom, IMA, La Poste, Engie, Réseau Ferré de France and Voies Navigables de France.
Social Responsibility and ISO 26000 Chair
Standardisation of CSR has not yet become sufficiently important to influence how companies are managed. With this in mind, the Social Responsibility and ISO 26000 Chair is working to ensure that CSR is put into practice in accordance with ISO 26000 guidelines.
The role of the Chair is to design, carry out and manage projects, developed in conjunction with our partner companies, with the aim of firmly establishing CSR practices within businesses through the application of ISO 26000 recommendations. These projects use a methodology developed by the IRSI research lecturers within the framework of ‘research-intervention’.
Transport and Sustainable Development Chair
Due to the importance of its environmental and social impact, today as in the future, transport is a prime area in which social responsibility practices should be adopted. The aim of this Chair is to contribute to the development of sustainable solutions in this sector. The optimisation of both transport logistics and multimodal transport necessitate competencies such as training and education as well as research into multimodal transport solutions that are compatible with CSR practices.
The question of diversity is a constant preoccupation for the business world and is an area of interest for both industry professionals and researchers. Officially launched in 2015, this Chair is committed to looking not only at diversity itself but also its makeup. It aims to examine diversity in a generic way and to understand how it adapts to different disciplines (such as management, HR, finance, history etc.) as well as how it changes over time.
Together with the founding members of the Diversity Observatory, the aim of Groupe Sup de Co la Rochelle is to provide a veritable forum for discussion on the subject of diversity.
Energy Transition Chair
The primary purpose of this Chair is to act as an observatory for new careers in the field of energy transition. Its objective is to identify new professions in both the service and management industries on the one hand and the new skills that will be required on the other.
Performance – Evaluation and Assessment Chair
This Chair focuses on three areas that, to date, have been little explored by management science research yet remain a growing concern for companies that have already adopted CSR practices:
- broader accounting that considers social and environmental issues
- extra-financial management control
- extra-financial reporting