Training informed people

able to transform organizations 

The training programs and teachings provided aim at engaging, acting and innovating by accepting the questioning generated by the many learnings. The competences provided to address the social and environmental issues ambition to allow the students to choose careers aligned with their aspirations and which give them the opportunity to have a positive impact for the greater good of society. 

emlyon strives to train responsible individuals, aware of environmental and social issues

Our unique pedagogical signature as the incarnation of entrepreneurial spirit 

With our pedagogical signature “early makers”, we provide a learning mode based not only on the transfer of academic knowledge, but also on learner experience and engagement tracks which allow students to tie together consideration and action: “Doing to learn, and learning to do” 

  • Civic engagement: responsible engagement program, projects with purpose... 
  • Action learning: Transforming early makers (innovative pedagogical track in which students in Mastères Spécialisés work in groups to create disruptive business models in connection with companies) ... 
  • Driving innovative projects: makers' projects, UX design ... 
  • Entrepreneurship track: Business creation projects, Entrepreneur Academy ... 
  • Student association engagement: over 1,000 students are involved in 45 student and group associations, eight of which have a mission of general interest.  

Teaching transformation & hybridization  

The School has operated a complete transformation of its teachings, and systematically integrated the acquisition of CSR competences, to address ecological transition and social responsibility.  All courses in all of the School's programs were redesigned against the SDGs inside frame of reference, created by professor-researchers of emlyon. 

This analytical frame ensures that each training program of emlyon integrates the 35 CSR competences of reference, Identifying those already taught and those to be reinforced or developed.  

The acquisition of these competences in all disciplines, is then crossed back with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, to provide students with the expertise required to address the issues of the Millennium. 

Since 2021, students take part in the climate wall then take a certified test on sustainable development awareness, the Sulitest (Sustainability Literacy Test) during each back-to-school season.  

Additionally, in each program, fundamental courses about sustainability issues are delivered to all students.  

87% of courses
were redesigned In 2022-23

Act to think, think to act in the Anthropocene” is a compulsory track, designed by the professors of emlyon business school in charge of the three courses it is built on.  

1-Act for the planet, directed by Prof. Xavier Blot  

  • Introducing the complexity of the climate-energy-society issues and understanding how to act through the diagnosis of real-life situations and providing recommendations on different scales;  

2-Responsible Engagement, directed by Prof. Christine Di Domenico  

  • Contributing to a mission of public interest measured against the Sustainable Development Goals via 50 hours of volunteer work for a project with social and/or environmental impact in an association, and following up with a course on the synergy between the theory of change and civic engagement;  

3-Sustainable Futures, directed by Prof. Thomas Gauthier  

  • Experiencing futures never considered before, to expand and transform the vision of the world that leaders draw on, to redesign the strategy of organizations and thereby, contribute to conceiving “habitable” worlds.  

Environmental responsibility

We are experiencing an unprecedented climate and environmental crisis. Eight out of the nine planetary limits have been reached, and we are now witnessing their consequences: climate warming, natural disasters, biodiversity extinction, water cycle alterations, air pollution, etc.

emlyon has made environmental responsibility a priority. The School is taking its share of responsibility in compliance with the International Agreements on climate.

Our carbon footprint

The objective of our Green House Gas inventory is to identify the main sources of emissions, allowing to prioritize actions which need to be taken to reduce our emissions. 2021-2022 is our year of reference.

Greenly has been guiding us through our Green House Gas inventories, and our action plan for climate was rewarded with their Net Zero Contributor certification.

Find out about our carbon footprint report on the Ademe website.

Our climate plan for 2030

In line with the Paris Agreements and to fight against global warming, emlyon ambitions to:

Contribute to the Net 0 for 2030, by reducing as much as possible its own Green House Gas emissions and by compensating for those which are incompressible.

All of the School's stakeholders are involved in this strategic line.

To do so, emlyon is taking actions on a whole range of internal levers under 4 sets of priorities:

1) Purchasing goods and services

Purchasing goods and services represent 30.7% of our GHG emissions, that is the second most important item behind staff traveling and daily commuting. That is why, the School needs to engage all of its value chain in its approach of emission reduction.

  • Signing off the “Relations fournisseurs et Achats Responsables” charter in 2022
  • Between 20% and 30% of the call for tender grade is dedicated to CSR criteria
  • Enquiry of our suppliers' scoring on their engagements for climate. On the one hand, it allows us to have all of our suppliers engaged in contributing, and on the other hand, it helps us make responsible decisions in our purchasing process.
  • Train all purchase requesters to responsible purchasing

2) Business travel and student mobility

International exposure is a major item in the programs of business school students. The challenge here, is to remain attractive against other business schools while changing our mobility practices. emlyon wants to favor mobility in Europe by providing financial support for low-impact means of transportation rather than taking flights for academic exchanges. The School wants to continue raising awareness in students about the environmental impact of their exchanges and how important it is to reduce distances.
Daily commuting from home to work of staff is also taken into account:

  • A responsible traveling and commuting policy for staff members
  • Two days in home office a week
  • The new campus in Lyon Gerland: 80% of gas-powered vehicles will be replaced by 100% of public transports - bicycles
  • Employer mobility plan, low-impact mobility

3) Buildings and energies

The School is enhancing its efforts to reduce its energy consumption and renovations.

  • Gas energy is discarded and replaced by the district heating in Lyon-Gerland (a carbon-free energy)
  • Heating and air-conditioning will be reduced to divide energy consumption by half.
  • Energy efficiency and sobriety will be improved for both buildings and equipment: automatic screen turn off, lights, 100% Led relamping ...
  • Awareness campaigns on eco-friendly behaviors.

4) Digital and IT equipment

Digital use accounts today for 4% of the world's GHG emissions, which is more than air emissions. In this domain, equipment alone represents 47% of the GHG emissions (heavy metal extraction, manufacturing, transports...). The School has no choice but to rationalize its equipment fleet, along with its data storage.

  • Leasing laptops: from 3, to 4 or 5 years
  • Buying repurposed equipment for the program la toile
  • Automatic screen savers
  • Decreasing equipment stocks and large donation campaigns
  • Digital clean-up day to reduce data storage volume
  • The wall for digital responsibility for all staff members of the IT department
  • Raising awareness and communication campaigns on eco-friendly behaviors

Waste management

As part of its engagement, emlyon pays close attention to its waste reduction and waste recycling.
Since January 2021, emlyon campuses are free of single-use cups. To support this approach, the back-to-school goodies are designed as “zero-waste” items (reusable water bottles & cups).
Beyond daily waste sorting and recycling of bio-waste, the School implemented on its three campuses Cy-Clope devices, manufactured by a start-up born in our incubator, which collects and upcycles cigarette butts.

Park areas

The outdoor layout of our new campus is made of numerous biodiversity-friendly green areas. By settling on the former industrial ground of the Nexans plant, emlyon contributed to the site depollution and the revegetation of the Lyon-Gerland district. No less than 152 trees have been planted on our park, in lieu of an artificial concrete ground. Our landscaped garden areas account for 1/3rd of the whole surface of the new campus, providing a new outdoor park for the different publics of the 7th district of Lyon.

New emlyon campus

Located in central Lyon, our objective is make the new emlyon campus exemplary in terms of environment and well-being at work, a symbol of emlyon's engagement for sustainable development.