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A Short History of the EDuC Label

Preface: The Inspiration

La Belle EDuC, the impact-first company behind the EDuC Label, was founded in early 2020 by two university lecturers concerned about the lack of integration of sustainability content in teaching.
"Obstacles to integrating sustainability in the classroom can be traced to doubts about what to do and how to do it, doubts about its relevance or effectiveness, and doubts about student or peer reaction. The EDuC Label allows faculty and staff to resolve these doubts and become agents of change."
Johanna Wagner, Co-Founder, La Belle EDuC
"The current lack of verified evidence of the impact of sustainability education is hindering its implementation and acceleration on an enormous scale. We must demonstrate the value of sustainability education through the generation and analysis of data, and the EDuC Label makes this possible."
Carina Hopper, Co-Founder, La Belle EDuC

Introduction: Measuring Impact

The critical role of the EDuC Label would be to track, validate and foster sustainability content integration in higher education programs, but the founders were driven by another underlying mission – that of linking the sustainability content integration tracked via the label with its impact on business and society at large. The EDuC Label would thus be used to measure the impact of sustainability education

Chapter 1: Collaboration

For the EDuC Label development phase, the founders partnered with AFNOR and a select Working Group of pedagogy experts and other higher education stakeholders to identify the distinct stages of higher education programs that required attention and improvement in order to foster sustainability thinking in students that would lead to more sustainable practices in students' subsequent personal and professional lives.

The Leading Certification Body in France

AFNOR is the French national organization for standardization and the representative member of ISO in France. For nearly 30 years, AFNOR Group has helped organizations improve their competitiveness and have their good practices endorsed by quality marks recognized by professionals.

Olivier Graffin, AFNOR Expert Dedicated to the EDuC Label

Olivier Graffin is Sustainability Coordinator of the AFNOR Group. He has over a decade of experience as a consultant and instructor at AFNOR Compétences and has carried out numerous projects in support of corporate CSR strategies, notably leading collective operations contributing to the deployment of SD 21000 guidelines and ISO 26000 in more than 200 companies.

The EDuC Label Working Group

Dr. Willy Legrand
Textbook Author, Course Developer and Professor, IUBH University of Applied Sciences
Aude Serrano
Leading Expert in Curricular Innovation for Environmental and Social Impact
Sennait Ghebreab
Fashion Business Program Leader and Lecturer, Istituto Marangoni School of Fashion London 
Yannig Raffenel
Leading Expert in EdTech, Digital and Social Learning, and Blended Learning Device Engineering
Quentin Ssossé
2020 Graduate of HEC and Ecole Polytechnique Specialized in Innovation Management

Chapter 2: The Framework

A higher education program lifecycle was designed prior to arriving at the EDuC Label framework, which would be structured as 1) program engineering2) program management and 3) continuous program improvement.

Chapter 3: Validation

Stakeholder Consultation

Chapter 4: The Pilot

Call to Action

Chapter 5: The Launch

How to Get Certified

To Be Continued...

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