Delivering both prosperity and positive social and environmental impact.

We are an INSEAD institute exploring the intersection of business and society. The challenges of our times are unprecedented, and the decisions made by leaders today determine the future. Our aim is to equip them to make decisions in ways 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. Over the past year we have been working to align INSEAD more closely with the SDGs as more and more business leaders talk about the SDGs and use the 17 global goals to account for their contributions to society. We need clarity regarding what the SDGs mean for strategies, operations and business models.

This is an area where INSEAD makes a difference by shaping the discussion and promoting action. Our focus is on equipping leaders to be smart about the SDGs, with the Hoffmann Institute striving to integrate sustainability across all our activities and mobilize all our stakeholders for impact.

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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


Our financial values in the face of the climate crisis: a conversation with Mark Carney - May 25, 1400-1515 CET

With society placing a greater value on resilience and sustainability, more and more countries are recognising that green stimulus is essential. Building a sustainable future will be capital-intensive after a long period in which there has been too little investment. It's what the world needs for its future. And it’s what we all need right now. Register to join the conversation. 

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The Access to Medicine Index ranks 20 of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies on how they contribute to access to medicine in key areas such as R&D, pricing, manufacturing & distribution, and compliance. This panel discussion will bring together senior executives to discuss the progress made on this front so far, and ways to further bolster efforts to improve access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries.





Sustainability Report

Reporting our action through the INSEAD Sustainability Report: Academic Years 2015/2016 through 2017/2018 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.

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As a Signatory of UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), we are glad to share our progress report on how INSEAD has contributed to the global movement to transform business education from 2018-2019. Developing responsible leadership that delivers change and societal progress has been at the core of the school, and we are looking forward to continue to lead by example in aligning with the PRME principles and the  SDGs. Click the image to read the full report 



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 second annual report provides a detailed insight into the work and achievements of the Institute in the 2019-2020 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.

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#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.

Ilian Mihov
Dean of
INSEAD, Academic Director
Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society

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

Mark Stabile
Deputy 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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