RISE project

Responsabilité et Innovation Sociale des Entreprises

The second program focuses on corporate social responsibility. Established in 2012, it aims to foster social and innovative corporate practices in France and beyond. Students are mentored by seasoned professionals, including lawyers tutoring projects as pro bono. RISE is supported by Linklaters, Skadden and Gibson Dunn.

Projects selected for the 2013-2014 year

First project

The first project has been entrusted to the clinic by a large European industrial group eager to evolve the practices of its distributors to an international level so that they can conform to the standards of the RISE.  While inscribing in the pursuit of the Clinic's work on the practices of the distributors of this group, this project aims to encourage in a practical fashion, the respect of RSE principles by distributors.  Thus starting from this conducted research by the Clinic in spring 2012 into fall 2013, the project has a double objective this semester: to elaborate an ethic charter to the destinations of localized distributors in sub-Saharan Africa and the RSE tools for the diffusion of good practices by these same distributors.  This project benefits from the active support of the Gibson Dunn cabinet.

Second project

The second project is about the RSE lawyer offices.  The objective of this project is to contribute to professionalism and the establishment of a minimum standard and a process of evaluation from a sustainable version of the RSE as well as from the lawyer offices, in order to familiarize the profession to a common base in regards to the RSE and thus maximize the impact of directed actions.  This project benefits from the support of the Linklaters cabinet.

Third project

The third project bases itself on the elaborated research from the 2012 spring semester, and aims to present an outline of different initiatives of social responsibility already put in place within one average sized French enterprise specialized in the e-commerce sector and, on this base, to establish an understanding relation of recommendations and a guide of good practices for the institution of general politics of RSE within the group.  This project benefits from the support of the Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP cabinet.