Corporate Social Responsability and Innovation (RISE)
RISE focuses on socially responsible and innovative practices by and within corporations and other forms of organizations. Established in 2012, this experiential learning programme aims to foster social and innovative corporate practices in France and beyond. It also functions as a cutting-edge laboratory and incubator of ideas, and a platform for reflexion, cross-learning and exchanges between students, legal academics, lawyers, corporate and other professional actors engaged in this field.
RISE includes two complementary features: a yearly clinical seminar, and team work on clinical project.
The clinical seminar (24h per semester) focuses on challenges of governance, both internal to a company/structure (e.g. shareholder and stakeholder responsibility, financing) and external (respect for human rights, anti-curruption, environmental standards).
In parallel to the seminar, students spend on average half a day per week dedicated to clinical team work on a project commissioned by a partner (company, law firm, professional organization, local government…). Students typically work on realizating memos, practical guides, field studies or prospective legal studies. Their project can also consist of preparing, organizing and animating an event or a debate, often with a written account (e.g. joint scholarly publishing, report, or other). Each team of students is supervised throughout the realization of their project by a tutor, mostly seasoned professionals, including lawyers tutoring projects as pro bono, as well as Faculty members of the Sciences Po Law School
RISE is a selective program open to students in their second year of Masters at the Sciences Po Law School as well as PSIA students in selected masters. Its clinical seminar is taught in French, and the realization of projects requires a good level of French. It benefits from interventions, tutoring and support by a remarkable network of professionals from consulting, law firms, as well as the corporate world.
The RISE clinic programme is taught in French and coordinated by:
- Marie Bouchard, lecturer
- Pierrick Le Goff, lecturer
- Pierre-Louis Périn, lecturer
- Elsa Savourey, lecturer
- Jean-Philippe Robé, lecturer of the required RISE clinic course
- Maxime Belingheri, tutor
- Adèle Bourgin, tutor
- Lionel Chami, tutor
- Alice Di Concetto, tutor
- Eléna Divry, tutor
- Camille Fromentin, tutor
- Benjamin Michel, tutor
- Aurélia Miles, tutor
- Chloé Petit, tutor
- Aude Solveig Epstein, tutor
- Julie Vallat, tutor
Project 1: Just transition towards sustainability: Human rights integration into climate change mitigation
In a context of increased expectations on the part of stakeholders with regard to measures aimed at combating climate change, more attention must be paid to the control of human rights impacts during the process of transformation of multinational companies.
The objective of the project is to deepen L'Oréal's understanding of the specificities of Human Rights in the subject of "just transition" and the link between environmental protection and human rights. One of the objectives of this study will be a multidisciplinary approach to avoid the creation of silos.
- Partner : L’Oréal
- Tutors : Maxime Belingheri, Julie Vallat and Pierre Louis Périn
This is a joint project with the HEDG clinic programme.
Project 2: Strengthening European Union sanctions against white-collar crime
- Partner: Ressource Matters
- Tutor : Chloé Petit
Project 3: Alert systems and duty of vigilance: specificity and effectiveness
The objective of the project is to understand to what extent companies formalize and adapt their alert systems to the notion of duty of vigilance. The project aims to make an inventory of legislative requirements, existing practices and the difficulties encountered by companies. The aim is to support companies in improving their practices, by identifying the various existing tools and stakeholders’ expectations. Deliverables: inventory report, interview summaries and an analytic report including courses of action.
- Partner : association Entreprises pour les droits de l'Homme (EDH)
- Tutors : Adèle Bourgin and Aurélia Miles
Projet 4 - Contribution to the definition or optimization of social taxonomy
Following on from the European Union Platform’s work on sustainable finance and the development of a conceptual framework of social taxonomy, students - in collaboration with Défi Impact – have as their objective the testing of social analysis methodologies and proposing avenues for improvement.
The project aims first of all to specify the objectives and sub-objectives of social taxonomy, in particular through a referencing of the sub-objectives by using multiple sources of law and regulatory or political reference frameworks. The project then aims to develop social analysis methods around taxonomy, comparable to the analysis methods developed around green taxonomy through the use of15 case studies of 15 different companies.
The clinic project allows students to become familiar with the new normative frameworks aimed at regulating sustainable finance within the European Union, and better directing investment towards activities with a positive social contribution and avoiding social-washing.
- Partner : EthiFinance
- Tutors : Benjamin Michel and Eléna Divry
Projet 5 - Economic sanctions and measures to freeze and/or confiscate assets
In the context of the intensification of economic sanctions against Russia, the purpose of the project is to question the legal basis, the practical modalities and the limits of economic sanction measures. The study focuses in particular on measures to freeze and/or confiscate assets. The project will also examine measures of restitution following on from the application of such measures, in particular in relation to one of the “ill-gotten gains” cases.
- Partner: Agence française de développement (AFD)
- Tutor : Lionel Chami
Project 6 - Company rankings and animal welfare
The animal production industry in Europe has been considerably concentrated over the decades, and it is today dominated by a limited number of players who control the entire value chain (genetic selection, ownership, supply of feeding, transport and slaughter of animals). However, these companies outsource the breeding of animals to contract breeders, who are economically dependent and lack autonomy with regard to their production methods in general, and the treatment of animals in particular.
Very little information is available on the legal infrastructure of the animal production industry. The purpose of the work entrusted to the students is to remedy this lack of knowledge by producing a study on the legal factors underlying the development of the model of industrial farming in France. The project will result in the publication of a report. Students will participate in several conferences in France and abroad, including as speakers.
- Partner : l'association Infotrack
- Tutors : Alice Di Concetto and Aude Solveig Epstein
This is a joint project with the JETE clinic programme.
Project 7 - Using the French duty of vigilance law to end destructive fishing practices
The ocean and the biodiversity it supports are under unprecedented pressure, caused in particular by the rapid growth of the human population, the acceleration of climate change and the intensification of industrial fishing activities.
Among industrial fisheries, tuna fisheries are among the most intensive in the world, supporting a vast international trade, and accounting for around 7.5 million tonnes of fish caught per year (nearly 10% of total fishing catches). In particular, tuna fishing is carried out in the Indian Ocean using thousands of "fishing aggregation devices" (FADs), i.e. floating rafts that attract unsustainable quantities of tuna, but also "by catch" and juveniles. The abandonment of FADs at sea is also a major source of pollution.
The project aims to examine the possible legal actions to limit the use of this fishing practice, based in particular on the French law of 2017 on the duty of vigilance of both parent and contracting companies.
- Partner : BLOOM
- Tutor : Camille Fromentin
This is a joint project with the JETE clinic programme.