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Hoffmann Institute

Hoffmann Institute

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.


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.

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Upcoming Events


BS4CL Forum 2nd Edition 2024: Who pays for the climate transition? The role of business in driving solutions

This 2nd edition of the Business Schools for Climate Leadership (BS4CL) forum brings together leading alumni from its eight partner schools in a unique conference to explore how to accelerate the financing of the climate transition.

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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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Our Reports

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Hoffmann Institute 5 year report

Reflecting on the main achievements from its inauguration in 2018, this 5 year report is structured according to our standard 4 pillar framework – Knowledge, Learning, Engagement and Walk the Talk. It includes a message from our Dean Ilian Mihov, a message from our patron André Hoffmann, and messages from our academic and executive directors Mark Stabile and Katell Le Goulven.

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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 2021/2022 & 2022/2023 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. 

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Click here for the results of our Carbon Footprint Assessment Academic Year 2021-22


Annual Report

Founded in August 2018, the Hoffmann Institute 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. Our fifth annual report provides a detailed insight into the work and achievements of the Institute in the 2022-23 academic year.

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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.


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