Council on Business & Society


The Council on Business & Society (CoBS), visionary in its conception and mission, was founded in 2011 by ESSEC Business School. The CoBS is dedicated to promoting responsible leadership and tackling issues at the crossroads of business and society, including sustainability, diversity, ethical leadership, and the role responsible business has to play in contributing to the common good.

The CoBS firmly believes that today’s challenges cannot be met by one country alone, it offers a unique global thought local perspective on issues relating to CSR, sustainability and responsible business practices.

The Council effectively contributes to the “internationalization”, “ethics and social responsibility” and “corporate relations” chapters for accreditations and rankings. It has a global voice, with an annual organic digital footprint of 1.4 million and was ranked the 6th largest CSR influencer on Twitter in 2020 by the Social Media Research Foundation.




By 2021, the CoBS boasted seven member institutions, all of which are AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA “Triple-Crown” accredited and leaders in their respective countries.

  • ESSEC Business School, France-Singapore-Morocco
  • FGV-EAESP, Brazil
  • Fudan University School of Management, China
  • IE Business School, Spain
  • Keio Business school, Japan
  • Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Warwick Business School, UK.

The CoBS is a member of and/ or conducts joint projects with: UN PRME; GBSN; GRLI; and OECD.