UM6P is organizing the competition for the best sustainable development report

The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) through the African Chair of Innovation and Sustainable Management (CAIMD), the Casablanca Stock Exchange, Finance Montreal and the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) organized on June 17, 2021, on the Benguerir campus, the awarding of prizes to the winning companies of the second annual edition of the “Competition for the best sustainable development report”

This competition puts in competition the sustainable development (SD) reports issued by companies listed on the Casablanca Stock Exchange. These reports are evaluated by Master’s students from various Moroccan universities according to a grid based on the new international standards for reporting on sustainable development (SD) and built in partnership with Finance Montreal.

Beyond the competition, this international collaboration also makes it possible, on the one hand, to recognize the efforts and work of Moroccan companies in terms of social responsibility and alignment with the priority sustainable development objectives (SDGs) in Morocco, and to the other, to strengthen, through training and knowledge sharing, the skills of future young national leaders and students in sustainable development management.

These training courses, presented in all regions of Morocco, aim to increase the skills of these future socio-economic actors to make them aware of the materiality of risks and the management of sustainable development issues.

The UM6P through the African Chair of Innovation and Sustainable Management sets itself up as a catalyst and point of convergence in terms of strengthening knowledge, sharing knowledge and creating networking opportunities. The UM6P allows the meeting of different knowledge producers (universities) with companies in their capacity as economic and sustainable development actors as well as other stakeholders.

For its part, the Casablanca Stock Exchange has set itself the ambition of encouraging sustainable growth. Indeed, it works daily to encourage the entire market to include CSR as a major vector for the sustainable development of the national economy.

Beyond its role as a platform for trading securities, the Casablanca Stock Exchange aims to be a platform for exchanging ideas to encourage the competitiveness of companies, the strengthening of their governance and the increase of social and environmental benefits by drifting.

It should be noted that this award ceremony does not only consist of evaluating the actions initiated by the companies in concrete terms, but above all of carrying out an exhaustive analysis in terms of environmental, social and governance criteria. This competition is the pilot edition of an initiative which intends to be repeated each year.

In collaboration with the Casablanca Stock Exchange, Finance Montreal and UQAM, the African Chair of Innovation and Sustainable Management (CAIMD) intends to expand the competition and training to other African countries such as Tunisia and Côte d’Ivoire.

An expansion in the continuity of the mission of the UM6P, that of opening the initiatives of its laboratories to the continent. Thus, the CAIMD intends to perpetuate its contribution to the training of various key academic targets, doctoral students, university professors in quantitative or qualitative methods and in the writing of scientific articles.

“Issues related to sustainable development, climate change and social equity are at the heart of our vision and are an integral part of all our training, research and R&D initiatives. The creation of CAIMD in 2021 contributes to improving managerial practices by strengthening the skills of future managers by integrating the pursuit of the SDGs into their strategic, operational and daily operations,” said Hicham El Habti, President of UM6P.

“We are very happy, for the second consecutive year, to recall through this competition the growing importance of Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility for all financial market players. We warmly congratulate the listed companies awarded this year , and we will continue to work to further promote the integration of CSR thinking into development strategies with our entire ecosystem,” said Kamal Mokdad, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bourse de Casablanca.

“CAIMD, through its mission, aims to produce knowledge and train actors and stakeholders for a more inclusive Morocco and Africa and aligned with a more inclusive Africa and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals as prioritized by each Nation. and for the continent”, explains Pr. Bouchra M’zali, professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and director of the African Chair of Innovation and Sustainable Management (CAIMD).

Among the defined objectives of its mission is that of raising the awareness of businesses and future managers, namely university and management school students, of the importance of corporate CSR policy accountability,” she added.

To achieve the latter, the CAIMD, in collaboration with the Casablanca Stock Exchange, Finance Montreal and the University of Quebec in Montreal held the second annual edition of the competition for the best sustainable development report. explains Pr. Bouchra M’zali, professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and director of the African Chair of Innovation and Sustainable Management (CAIMD).




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