Prof Yunus addresses French corporates on Social Business
Nobel Laureate for Peace, Prof Muhammad Yunus, presents Social Business to French corporates in India.
New Delhi, 5 April 2018
The Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) in partnership with the Embassy of France in India organised a Social Business dinner in honour of the 2006 Nobel Laureate for Peace, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Centre, and Founder of Grameen Bank. Prof Yunus addressed more than 80 CEOs of leading French firms at the Residence of France.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Yunus said, "The social business concept is based on the belief that every individual is by birth an entrepreneur and has the potential to germinate something unique using his/her creativity. The social business concept can magnificently change the world and abolish poverty, unemployment and global warming. France has been extremely supportive and engaging in adopting this noble concept in their businesses and academia."
The event, supported by Yunus Social Business India, HEC Paris and Ashoka University, the Social Business dinner provided a platform to CEOs of leading French companies in India to understand social business and how companies can develop new business models using this concept. France’s premier business school, HEC Paris, has been a trailblazer of this concept through teaching and research with its HEC Chair on Social business as well as with an Action Tank, supported by leading French companies such as Danone, Renault, Schneider Electric, Veolia and others.
A pioneer in this field, France is making significant efforts towards adapting the social business ecosystem. Last year, Professor Yunus met and had a discussion with President Emmanuel Macron of France, and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on three zero goals: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero net carbon emission, which he believes can to be achieved through Social Business with the power of youth and technology.