Social Partners

With the help of Social Partners, CEMS is developing business leaders with professional responsibility and accountability in relation to society and the environment.

In 2009, CEMS began inviting non-profit organisations to join CEMS as Social Partners of the Alliance to influence and strengthen its social commitments and teachings.

Part of the CEMS mission is to nurture a responsible and ethical approach to management that graduates will then take into the working world. CEMS students formally commit to a code of ethics and values in respect of global citizenship on the day of their graduation in the framework of the Global Value Statement.

Our ethical and responsible approach to management education also includes a strong focus on sustainability, which you can read more about here. With the involvement of Social Partners – in the classroom, in research and conferences or in the governance of CEMS – the CEMS Global Alliance and all its stakeholders benefit from this exposure and dialogue.

The below video exemplifies the benefits of this commitment and one type of activity that our Social Partners can engage in with CEMS students.




Our Social Partners:


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CARE International - a major international humanitarian agency delivering broad-spectrum emergency relief and long-term international development projects.


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Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International - a non-profit, multi-stakeholder association  that develops and reviews Fairtrade Standards, assists producers in gaining and maintaining Fairtrade certification and capitalizing on market opportunities.


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Global Alliance for Banking on Values - an independent network of banks using finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental development.


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Kiron Open Higher Education - a social startup providing higher education to refugees.


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Transparency International - a non-governmental organisation that monitors and publicises corporate and political corruption in international development.


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United Nations Alliance of Civilizations – an initiative that seeks to galvanise international action against extremism through the forging of international, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperation.


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The European Space Agency (ESA) is an international organisation with 20 member states. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to citizens of Europe and the world.


Opportunities and Benefits for Social Partners:

  • Impact leading business schools through the CEMS organisation and its MIM curriculum
  • Benefit from the contribution of CEMS students given through business projects and internships
  • Promote projects and develop professional and personal contacts with decision-makers at industry-leading multinational companies as well as professors and deans of leading universities
  • Interact with and influence future business leaders of 68 nationalities - engaging them in social projects with a passion for the community around them
  • Influence and contribute to the governance and priorities of the global alliance (through the CEMS Board and/or strategic Task Forces)
  • Develop content for the CEMS MIM curriculum (courses, case studies, internships, business projects)

If you would like to know more about the opportunity of becoming a CEMS Social Partner, please contact us.

To be considered, an organisation should fulfil the following selection criteria: non-profit status, international scope and multi-country representation, non-political or religious affiliation, motivation for cooperating with the corporate world.