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Delivering both prosperity and positive social and environmental impact.

We are an INSEAD institute exploring the intersection of business and society. Our aim is to equip business leaders and decision makers with tools and frameworks that deliver positive outcomes for business, communities, people and our planet in line with globally agreed sustainability goals.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, offer a cohesive and centralised framework for discussing a new development model that is good for all people and the planet. INSEAD’s Hoffmann Institute is striving to integrate sustainability into the school, and drive alignment of the SDGs to inspire business leaders to create prosperity and value for all. Find out how we do this by watching the video below.


An Introduction to INSEAD’s Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society | Watch The Video


Our Impact




We develop new theories, insights, and business models to drive private sector prosperity and societal progress. Research by leading INSEAD academics is the foundation for a brighter future.

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We inspire and educate diverse and analytical leaders who create value both for their organizations and for society – from our MBA, Masters and PhD programmes to Executive Education.

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We engage our alumni community, build relationships with public and private sector organisations, and other stakeholders to create real-world impact.

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Walk the Talk

We aspire to make INSEAD a school that leads by example in integrating societal impact into its operations, and contributes to local and global progress and prosperity.

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Our Focus


Our aim is to take INSEAD to the next level of societal impact.


We do this by engaging our community around these three focus points to transform business education.

Upcoming Events


Le Club Les Echos Debats Engagement Responsable 21 June  2023, 18-30 CET

For a debat in French with the following panel: Daniel Biarneix, Directeur Financier adjoint de SAINT-GOBAIN, Président de l’Association Française des Trésoriers d’Entreprise AFTE; with Carol Sirou, Présidente ETHIFINANCE; and  Antoine Sire, Directeur de l’Engagement d’entreprise BNP PARIBAS 


Sustainability around the World: Trends, Impact, and Opportunities - 8 June 2023 | Online & In-Person

Environmental sustainability is becoming a global imperative with far reaching consequences for businesses. Despite the growing interest in creating a sustainable future, there are important regional differences linked to cultural, economic, and political differences.

Join us on June 8th for an inspiring discussion led by Katell Le Goulven, Executive Director of the INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, Jared Koh, Regional Director Americas at the Singapore Economic Development Board, Aron Cramer, CEO at BSR, Eunice Sampson, Director EY West Africa, Elisa Dierickx (MBA 21J), Associate at SYSTEMIQ and Board Member Fundação Maio Biodiversidade, and Patricia Ellen da Silva (MBA 05J), Managing Partner Brazil at SYSTEMIQ, to better understand the Forces and Trends at play and the Impact they have on the Business Ecosystem.


Business & Society Summit, 17 June 2023, Amphi A, Europe Campus 

On 17 June 2023 at INSEAD Europe Campus, the Hoffmann Institute is hosting a Business and Society Summit to take stock of and celebrate 5 years of work on sustainability at INSEAD. The Summit will review progress and explore trends to consider to further integrate sustainability in business education. Speakers will include INSEAD faculty, students, alumni as well as external experts and members of the Hoffmann Institute Advisory Board. The Summit will be held in conjunction with the INSEAD Force for Good Campaign Celebrations. 

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Past Events




Business Schools for Climate Leadership

Business schools taking coordinated action to prepare present and future business leaders for climate leadership. As leading European business schools, the founding members have the responsibility to accelerate business activities towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


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Mission to Change Podcast Series

Join our Founding Executive Director, Katell Le Goulven, every month as she speaks to inspiring figures who have transformed their businesses and initiatives to drive positive change. What were their challenges, why did they choose to walk the talk, and what have they learned? Listen in and be inspired to drive your own mission to change.


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Distinguished Fellows of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society


The Hoffmann Institute fellowship programme welcomes scholars recognized for their expertise in driving forward innovative research in critical areas of global significance such as climate change and sustainable finance, globalisation and developing economies.

INSEAD Sustainability Report


This report has been prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, and content is also aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the principles and pillars of action of the UN Academic Impact (UNAI) and UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Reporting our action through the INSEAD Sustainability Report: Academic Year 2020/2021 helps us better understand sustainability at the school and improve year over year. Having long recognised the need to teach and research around environmental and social responsibility, our school is well positioned to convene today’s leaders to discuss global challenges. With a faculty of thought leaders in business and economics, an alumni community 60,000 strong and more than 1,000 graduates each year from our five master degrees and doctoral programme, the school is a transformative force in business and society.

Hoffmann Institute Annual Report


Founded in August 2018, the Hoffmann Institute for Business and Society was tasked with embedding sustainability into the core of INSEAD, while furthering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Executing activities around its four strategic pillars, the Hoffmann Institute has provided transformational learning experiences, created content on business sustainability topics and engaged its global community to turn the message of business as a force for good into action. This fourth annual report provides a detailed insight into the work and achievements of the Institute in the 2021-2022 academic year.


The Hoffmann Institute also supported the new INSEAD Procurement Policy so that it aligns with the SDGs.

To improve how we work together and ensure robust processes at INSEAD, the new policy focuses on six new components of Value, Partnership and Performance, Compliance Risk Financial Visibility, Contract Management, Ethics and SDGs.

Click here to read our Procurement Policy


#SDGSMART highlights INSEAD action on the SDGs, engaging on why the SDGs are important and the future of the SDGs in business education.

This aligns with the INSEAD mission and founding values. Moving forward, #SDGSMART will promote opportunities for leaders to better understand how to be smart about the SDGs

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The Conversation


The world faces unprecedented challenges to global growth. Risks are rising from environmental pressures, our rapidly changing geopolitical landscape and the blistering pace of technology. We need to convene thought leaders, innovators, investors and entrepreneurs to affect real change. Steps forward must turn into strides towards a sustainable future. This is how we promote business as a force for good and achieve the next level of social impact.

Katell Le Goulven
Executive Director
Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society

Mark Stabile
Academic Director
Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society


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We are grateful and proud to name the Institute in recognition of
André and Rosalie Hoffmann for their foundational gift.

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