Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.11
Liaison Jean-Michel Champagne
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2021

STARS v2.2

HEC Montréal
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Jean-Michel Champagne
Sustainable Development Officer
Infrastructure - Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

HEC Montréal has six active student groups which are focused on sustainability within the institution. Their mission and activities are focused on environmental, social and economics areas. Microcredit, fair trade, social responsibility in business, social engagement and volunteering are some subjects covered.
These groups coordinate their efforts through the Sustainable development student council, which also provided input to the School’s strategic plan.
For more information, please follow the link below: https://www.hec.ca/en/students/campus-life/student-life/


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Hectare urbain is a sustainable urban agriculture project, aimed at increasing awareness of conservation and social responsibility issues among its staff and student community members. The project comprises a 5388.38 m2 food forest that protects and restores the plant heritage in the Mount Royal ecosystem; a vegetable garden that allows heirloom seed conservation, as well as two beehives. The project aims to provide a living lab space for students and staff in three complementary areas: agricultural permaculture, community engagement and social permaculture. From this perspective, the project engages management students in a school pairing program, which has allowed to share their knowledge with over 1000 primary and secondary students in three years.


Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

HEC Montréal organizes sustainability-focused events throughout the year. A wide range of choices is proposed to our community. From symposia about actions to fight and adapt to climate change to outreach campaigns over composting, students, professors, office workers, guests and visitors can participate in dozens of events related to sustainability. Students can also attend the annual social innovation week, held in the winter and the social-impact career conference and fair, held in November. Moreover, student organizations organize a wide array of events, ranging from social-responsibility-focused academic competitions, sustainable fashion shows or online engagement events. Increasingly, student committees that are not directly working on sustainability topics are integrating different social and environmental considerations into their events. For instance, the Data Science Student Committee organized events focused on artificial intelligence ethics, as well as data science for climate change. The MBA student association initiated a sustainability hub and organizes monthly conferences with sustainability experts.


Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Every year, student group “Humaniterre” host a sustainable fashion event featuring local ecodesigner to show their creations. Each was selected on environmental criteria contained in their business case. Another group, "HEC Fashion Show", is promoting design and fashion creation from students, and took a turn toward sustainability themed fashion in the last years. A third group, "Artistes en affaires", promotes business students' art creation through dance, singing and theater events.


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Different themes are selected and promoted every semester and month (ex: water in March, for the world water day). Every year, at the end of February/beginning of March, HEC Montréal participates in the "Douzaine du développement durable", a two-week series of events organized in collaboration with our campus partners from Université de Montréal and École Polytechnique. The event offers to all students of the campus the occasion to participate in sustainability events and conferences.
During the COVID19 pandemic outbreak, a different approach is used to promote important themes : collaboration between the school and student organizations was strengthened to promote a healthy lifestyle and disseminate information on support available for students in a period when most courses were delivered online.


Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

With the financial support from the sustainability fund, multiple activities and workshops promoting well-being and sustainable choices are now co-organized with students and for students. For example, HEC Montréal and its catering partners COOP HEC Montréal collaborate with event organizers, being students, staff or external clients, to promote sustainable food choices and zero-waste events. Students also used to hold regular events promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing; in 2019, the most original of these events was a pet therapy session during the midterm exam weeks featuring doves, ferrets, dogs and cats. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the student associations and the School had to rethink their life skills promotion activities to an online format. For example, several student associations organized virtual yoga and mindfulness workshops. Also, a live broadcast of sustainable romantic cooking workshops is programmed on Valentine’s day.


Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

With the financial support from the sustainability funds, multiple activities and workshop promoting well-being and sustainable choices are now co-organized with students and for students. For example, HEC Montréal and its catering partners COOP HEC Montréal collaborate with event organizers, being students, staff or external clients, to promote sustainable food choices and zero-waste events. Students also used to hold regular events promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing; in 2019, the most original of these events was a pet therapy session during the midterm exam weeks featuring doves, ferrets, dogs and cats. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, student association and school had to rethink their life skills promotion activities to an online format. For example, a live broadcasting of sustainable romantic cooking workshops is programmed on Valentine’s day.


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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