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The 1st Sustainability Label for Higher Education Program Content

Pioneering Sustainability with La Belle EDuC

Higher education institutions have the potential to accelerate sustainable practices globally and across sectors and industries by providing tomorrow’s leaders and decision-makers with sustainability content throughout their programs.
Developed in partnership with AFNOR, the French national organization for standardization, the EDuC Label helps to guide higher education program leaders on the path to state-of-the-art sustainability integration in their curricula.
A higher education program with an academic sustainability strategy backed by the EDuC Label is
  • more responsive to student demands

  • better able to meet industry hiring needs

"There is widespread agreement that business schools should do more to provide research and teaching for the next generation of students with greater focus on sustainability, ethics and social purpose."
Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times
Social purpose: how business schools around the world measure up"

La Belle EDuC recognizes and rewards the effective integration of sustainability in students’ everyday learning experience.

The EDuC Label

Certification is key for sharing values and ethics with stakeholders. La Belle EDuC supports higher education programs with a sustainability label to recognize and reward a commitment to sustainability teaching and guidance.

Program Leaders

Diagnose the strength of a program in terms of sustainability integration in the student experience.


Highlight the effectiveness of teaching material and learning experiences in guiding students on sustainability.

School Administrators

Track data and communicate progress in sustainability teaching and student experience across programs.


Compare programs of all types around the world based on sustainability integration inside and outside the classroom.

La Belle EDuC Library

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AMBITION | Carina Hopper & Johanna Wagner

In Search of the New Sustainability Trailblazers

"Programme leaders are best placed to integrate the myriad of issues around sustainability into Business School content, say ESSEC Business School's Carina Hopper and Johanna Wagner. [...] Programme leaders are strategically positioned at a crossroads between companies and the individuals who will one day manage them."

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La Belle EDuC

Interview: Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

La Belle EDuC sits down with Andrew Jack, global education editor at the Financial Times, to discuss the challenges of integrating sustainability content in higher education programs.

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Financial Times | Gillian Tett 

US Business Schools Realise ESG Is No Fad But Part of Long-Term Trend

"[...] pressure for executives and investors to embrace ESG is likely to remain sky-high, given the growing public awareness about climate change risks and popular anger about inequality and other social issues. Indeed, these factors are now so prevalent that many corporate leaders – and business school experts – have come to view ESG as a basic risk management concept."

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The Guardian | Naomi Larsson

Revise, Reuse, Recycle: How to Be a Sustainable Student

"For freshers starting a new chapter at university, deciding how to live your life is vital. Here are some ideas for how you can be sustainable as a student."

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Forbes | Larry Light

The New MBA: Master Of Business Accountability

"In the recent past, one of the problems with business leaders embracing the idea of standing up for what you stand for was the limited focus of most business schools on educating MBA students in responsible business practices including gender, racism and sustainability. A single ethics class is not enough."

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About La Belle EDuC


Carina Hopper

Carina Hopper is a sustainability lecturer teaching at the master’s level at ESSEC Business School, SKEMA Business School and ESMOD Fashion Business School, among others. She is also active in the start-up community, advising and collaborating with tech and social start-ups across Europe. She holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School and a certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge.

Johanna Wagner

Johanna Wagner is a consultant and university lecturer with a background in asset management and hotel operations. She is passionate about people, sustainability and innovation, which has led her to teach in leading hospitality master’s programs in Europe including IMHI/ESSEC and ESG Business School. She holds an MBA from IMHI/ESSEC and a certificate in Sustainability Reporting & CSR Strategy from ESSEC/Deloitte.

With the Support of AFNOR

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.

Delivering widely known trusted brands such as NF, AFAQ and the EU Ecolabel, AFNOR Certification offers businesses and professionals quality symbols that raise their recognition.

As a developer of standards-based reference systems and a label creator and operator, AFNOR Certification helps private and public players define the process best suited to their strategies, across multiple sites on a national and international scale.

Olivier Graffin, AFNOR Expert Dedicated to the EDuC Label

Olivier Graffin is Sustainability Coordinator of the AFNOR Group. He has 10 years of experience as a consultant and instructor at AFNOR Compétences and has carried out numerous projects in support of corporate CSR strategies. Notably, he has led collective operations contributing to the deployment of SD 21000 guidelines and ISO 26000 in more than 200 companies. He is a member of the RS&DD / ISO 26000 standardization committee and carries out evaluation missions for AFNOR Certification’s Label Engagé RSE. He is also co-author of ISO 26000 Responsabilité Sociétale : Comprendre, déployer, évaluer (AFNOR, 2010) and contributor to the Manuel de gestion du développement durable en entreprise : une approche progressive (FIDES, 2012, J. Cadieux and M. Dion, Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec).

Working Group

Bringing together diverse stakeholder perspectives, La Belle EDuC is honored to have the invaluable support of a distinguished Working Group dedicated to ensuring the successful development of the EDuC Label framework.

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


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La Belle EDuC is an independent, impact-first organization.