2016 Global Responsibility Week at Montpellier BS: « Engage students in key issues around global citizenship! »

Every year since 9 years, the Diversity and CSR department of Montpellier BS, organizes the Global Responsibility Week, which aims to educate students and the staff about sustainable development and social responsibility. After last year’s topic which was « The role of CSR in driving business performance », this 2016 edition focused on another exciting topic which was « Our student’s civic commitment ».

« As sustainable development week already exist at the national level, the Diversity and CSR department of Montpellier BS decided 9 years ago, to adapt this week to create a special event in the school », explains Sophie Gosselin. « This year we had beautiful conferences like the one done by Mr. Gibert Guilhem (Coopsoleil) and Mr. Julien Hostache (Enerfip) on « An integrated approach to Global Responsibility ». Ms. Ericka Cogne, who graduated in 2006 from the school, also came to talk about « Biodynamics in wine industry ». »

But the Global Responsibility Week is not only about conferences! This year we also hosted an organic market thanks to the help of the student association Gaïa. Furthermore, small stands promoting « responsible solutions » where also set up by first year master students in the framework of the « Global Performance and Responsibility » class taught by Beverly Leligois. The best ideas have been elected in order to be implemented and to improve things on campus such as recycling, waste sorting and international students’ integration. « They feel involved which at the same time wakens up their citizenship! », she adds. Many films related to current social and societal issues were projected to raise awareness among students.

The event which was the most successful and which impressed people the most was the « Trashion Show ». Two fashion shows where the models were wearing outfits made out of recyclable trash, which were designed by our students! This contest organized by professor Beverly Leligois was so successful that it was the subject of a television report on France 3 Languedoc-Roussillon.

When we ask Sophie Gosselin what the conclusions of this project are, she answers: « Students prefer to take part of the action rather than just listening! We have to make them act. That is what will educate them end lead them to be actor of the change. I hope that this initiative will make them move. »