KEDGE Diversity & Inclusiveness Policy

KEDGE Diversity Policy 

Over the past 15 years, the school has developed its CSR strategy around 5 axes: Strategy and governance, Research, Teaching, Environmental management and Social policy and particularly topics related to diversity and inclusion. Through its CSR strategy, the school contributes to the achievement of the UN's sustainable development objectives. 

This year, the school signs the Diversity Charter as a testimony of its commitment to cultural, ethnic and social diversity within its organisation, and confirms more than ever its commitment to inclusiveness related issues. 

Sustainability Objectives

Bringing out human wealth in all its diversity then generates sustainable economic and societal results.

KEDGE Diversity

At KEDGE, we are convinced that human potential is a source of wealth for our organisation and a source of overall performance for our students, employees, suppliers and partners.

Diversity, like biodiversity, ensures, through the complementary profiles present in the ecosystems that make up organisations, a better capacity for resilience.

It is a source of inspiration for combating all forms of inequality and discrimination. 

  • As an employer, KEDGE must set an example in the recruitment, training and support of its employees. 
  • KEDGE is a higher education institution that facilitates access to training for all, integration, pedagogical follow-up and employability of its learners. Its mission is to train future managers and to promote diversity management and inclusiveness among them. 
  • Kedge is a research centre where professors/researchers invent the world of tomorrow. The Humanities - Inclusiveness Pillar aims to build and develop education programmes that engage each generation on socio-environmental issues. 
  • Finally, Kedge students are involved through the 64 student associations spread across its various campuses. Through their actions, they contribute to reducing inequalities and discrimination and they make positive contributions to the local area.

Kedge reaffirms its commitment which places diversity and inclusiveness at the heart of KEDGE's strategy and recalls its objective :

  • To make KEDGE a School of Excellence for all
  • To make respect for others one of KEDGE's core values
  • To make KEDGE a reference and exemplary school in its overall approach to diversity, both for its students and for its staff.

This strategy is deployed in a transversal way in the pedagogy and courses, the school's associative projects, the HR policy and global strategy, research, events and awareness-raising actions carried out by the school or with local/national and international partners, animation and/or participation in networks/organisations. Its objective by 2025 is the creation and monitoring of a global inclusiveness index measuring the impact of all its actions.

Kedge's social policy is based on three components: student support, human development of its employees and finally training and support for future graduates and companies facing social challenges.

Based on these three pillars, the school is building a strategic project that will have as its priority for the coming years the issues of disability, parity between men and women and social openness.

The school, which is already very committed to these issues, is determined to be more ambitious and has made inclusion and the fight against inequality and discrimination a major challenge.


When we talk about inclusiveness, we mean taking into account all forms of discrimination, such as gender, sexual orientation, religion, geographical and social origin, disability, but also territory (rural versus urban).

For us at KEDGE, supporting inclusiveness means taking action both with our internal audiences (students, staff and professors) and externally by considering its entire ecosystem in its territories.


In order to facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities, the school relies on various existing tools and relays: The HandiKap network, in operation since 2014, now includes more than 40 referents mobilised to facilitate the career path and employability of students with disabilities.

The school also promotes the employment of people with disabilities, and the Human Resources Department is developing its contacts with partners such as Agefiph and Cap Emploi, and is also committed to working closely with employees with disabilities already working for the group.

It is developing specific internal communication to raise employee awareness on this subject. As part of its purchasing policy, it favours the use of Établissements et Services d'Aide par le Travail (ESAT) and Entreprises Adaptées (EA). 

Student associations involved in this area: Hand In Hand, Disaball, etc.

M/W parity 

To ensure genuine parity of treatment between women and men, KEDGE allocates a specific equality/diversity budget and facilitates access to employment and the development of skills and throughout the working life of its staff.

In addition, a unit for "reporting" sexist and sexual violence was created in 2018 and is dedicated to situations of harassment, sexual, sexist or homophobic assaults.

The system is active for the entire Kedge community (employees, teachers and students)

Student associations/projects involved in the theme: Heforshe, l'autre cercle scholae, hé mademoizelle, Mates...

Social openness/solidarity

KEDGE is also active in its territories to support equal opportunities from the middle school level and to open the doors to higher education more widely.

The school's student associations are very active in the region and support nearly 350 middle school and high school students through, among other things, measures such as the "Cordées de la réussite" system, which helps to reduce the social and cultural divide in access to higher education.

In order to eliminate all types of social and/or economic barriers and enable the integration of students from modest backgrounds, the school has set up the KEDGE Access Programme (KAP) - Equal Opportunities.

A comprehensive scheme for students with a track record of excellence. In order to promote academic success, this cross-cutting scheme will facilitate the student's well-being and professional integration throughout the course of his or her studies and will support him or her by providing a student loan guarantee.

 In addition, the school is developing a professional integration policy and increasing the number of work-study contracts. Kedge develops partnerships with companies but also with local missions, Pôle emploi, reintegration organisations, schools and training organisations.

The aim is to achieve the successful professional integration of all its target groups. In September 2020, it launched the Entrepreneurial School, a 3-year training programme on its Marseille-Luminy campus, in partnership with the Fondation Apprentis d'Auteuil, for 20 young people from priority neighbourhoods who wish to become entrepreneurs. 

For the past 6 years, the school has also welcomed young volunteers in civic service whose mission is to support and raise awareness of environmental issues and the prevention of health-related risks.

Associations and student projects committed to the theme: As part of an equal opportunities scheme for projects labelled "Cordée de la réussite", more than 100 student tutors from the Phoenix and Archimed associations are involved. Others, such as the Diambars association, use sport as a vector of education.

Finally, associations take charge of and support the reception of international students, Interact and Melting Potes, and more than 15 international and territorial solidarity projects grouped together in our humanitarian associations Unis terre and Solid'earth are also deployed.

Key figures

  • 76/100 is the professional equality index for women and men. (=2019)
  • 91 students with disabilities declared and supported. (+2019) and 14 employees declared to be disabled
  • 21% International students are welcomed on our French campuses, i.e. more than 3,300 students. (+2019)
  • 100 K€ the amount of the additional emergency fund released this year to help students in difficulty. (+2019)
  • 806 K€ is the amount of the KEDGE scholarships based on social criteria paid to students by the school. (-2019)
  • 6 women/17 men are members of the board of directors and 2 women/7 men are on the school management committee. (-2019)
  • Approximately 2,000 vocational training or work-study contracts are provided for the year 20/21 (+2019)


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