HEC Montréal announces its sustainable development aims



    MONTREAL, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - HEC Montréal, Canada's first business
school, founded in 1907, today launched its sustainable development project,
at a ceremony attended by over 200 students and staff members.
    Michel Patry, HEC Montréal Director, and Paul Lanoie, Director of
Sustainable Development, described the general aims of the School's
sustainable development policy, which will have an impact on the School's
three main spheres of activity - teaching, research and community service - as
well as on the HEC Montréal environment itself.
    "HEC Montréal has tremendous influence on sustainable development issues
and practices, because we train decision makers," explained Mr. Patry. "They
are the ones who have to face the challenges created by environmental, social
and economical problems in their organizations and in society in general."
    "Businesses, just like our students, are increasingly aware of the issues
involved in the scarcity and sharing of resources, and global warming. HEC
Montréal must lead by example, by promoting sustainable development, in its
own teaching and in its practices," added Paul Lanoie.
    The President of RECYC-QUEBEC, Ginette Bureau, was at the ceremony and
officially recognized HEC Montréal's commitment to the ICI on recycle! program
for industry, businesses and institutions.
    The School's sustainable development policy will have no fewer than seven
themes: reducing greenhouse gases linked to transportation, limiting paper
consumption, recycling waste, energy efficiency, green procurement,
environmentally responsible events and community services.

    HEC Montréal and sustainable development

    This is not HEC Montréal's first initiative in this area. Its professors
have been teaching sustainable development for over 15 years already. In 2006,
the School launched its Graduate Diploma in Management and Sustainable
Development.
    More recently, the School signed an agreement with the Centre de gestion
des déplacements (CGD) Côte-des-Neiges to join in collective efforts to reduce
greenhouse gases produced in the borough.

    About HEC Montréal

    There are over 12,000 students from roughly 100 countries enrolled in the
School's 35 management programs, from the undergraduate to postgraduate
levels. It has some 250 professors, and emphasizes international exchanges,
multilingualism and language quality, and the development of technological
skills. HEC Montréal plays a leadership role in research thanks to some
50 research units (including 23 chairs), carries out projects throughout the
world and is dedicated to training executives and senior managers. Its alumni
network is more than 58,000 strong. HEC Montréal was the first business school
in North America to hold the three most prestigious accreditations in
management education: AACSB International (United States), EQUIS (Europe) and
AMBA (United Kingdom) and is listed in the Forbes and BusinessWeek rankings.




For further information:

For further information: Jacynthe Alain, Director, Public Relations, HEC
Montréal, (514) 340-6298, jacynthe.alain@hec.ca


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