Conscious of their responsibility in the face of the unprecedented challenges confronting society, the University of Lausanne (UNIL), the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have joined forces to develop the Enterprise for Society Center (E4S).

The world is confronted with unprecedented challenges notably climate change, the current COVID-19 global pandemics, the rise of populism, and the digital and biological revolutions. The first three threaten the economic and social well-being of this and the next generations, the last one is both a source of disruption and of considerable opportunities. All of them constitute major change factors as the responses to these challenges will shape the world of tomorrow.

Armed with the conviction that raising to these challenges will only be possible by combining technological innovations with improvements in economic governance, UNIL, IMD and EPFL are forming a coalition of actors sharing their concerns, moved by a common sense of responsibility, and willing to engage into an innovative alliance to promote responsible management and sustainable technology.

E4S is the laboratory where its founding institutions jointly explore new ways of fulfilling their mission in the fields of economics and management previewing and experimenting new developments in training, research and outreach in these disciplines. E4S lays claim to the following values: scientific excellence, an alliance between management and technology, a focus on major societal challenges, particularly with regard to the environment, the need for democratic acceptance of economic and scientific innovations, the social responsibility of companies and entrepreneurs, and the requirements of ethical management.


A new “Master in Sustainable Management & Technology” proposed by UNIL-HEC, IMD and EPFL, under the banner of E4S.


A multi-platform interdisciplinary compet-ence center addressing today’s main societal issues, connecting researchers in the 3 partnering institutions and associated world-class researchers to produce knowledge and expertise with a direct impact on the local and national economy.


A structure that, in coordination with other initiatives and in support of the respective entrepreneurship strategies at the UNIL, the EPFL, and IMD, strengthens the Lemanic start-up ecosystem and feeds the entrepreneurship and innovation tracks in existing and new teaching curricula.

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