Inventing corporate models of tomorrow

The research centre

Prophil's research department aims to explore, reveal and share new economic, philanthropic and governance models for the common good.

the research centre

In partnership with academic Chairs, Prophil carries out international studies on hybrid models that are unknown and inspiring for France, such as shareholder foundations or mission-led companies.

Our activities

Beyond publication, we spread our work through conferences, workshops, learning expedition abroad, training courses for shareholders, entrepreneurs, managers, employers' movements, etc. We carry out a significant advocacy work with public authorities to change the French legal and regulatory framework and encourage the emergence of new company statutes.

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mission-led companies

In 2017, Prophil coined the expression "Entreprise à mission" (mission-led companies) when we published the first comparative international study, in partnership with the Academic Chair of the Ecole des Mines. These companies, whose diversity of new legal status has been revealed by Prophil, define a corporate purpose broadened to include societal issues. They transform their business models and shape, with their stakeholders, new rules of governance and enforceability.

did you know ?

Prophil’s work on mission-led companies has largely influenced the PACTE law (Action Plan for Business Growth and Transformation) officially passed in April 2019, which encourages companies to adopt a “raison d’être” and creates the status of a “société à mission”.

our work on mission-led companies

octobre 2019

Managing a Contributing Enterprise

A training program designed with Humus for business administrators who are aware of the challenges of the business in the 21st century

  • octobre 2019

    Managing a Contributing Enterprise

    A training program designed with Humus for business administrators who are aware of the challenges of the business in the 21st century

  • march 2019

    In the land of mission-led companies

    We published the first practical guide for managers. It is the result of 6 months of co-design workshops with 50 entrepreneurs from North of France. We presented it at a major conference in the Hauts-de-France at the Cité des Echanges, in the presence of regional pioneers (Bonduelle, Norsys, Leroy Merlin...).

  • février 2019

    L'AG du futur

    The first public simulation of a General Meeting of a fictitious company wishing to transform itself into a mission-led company. We gathered 700 people who slipped into the shoes of Mirliton shareholders. With the support of Usbek et Rica, Sycomore AM, KPMG France and the Responsible Growth Foundation.

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shareholder foundation

In 2015, Prophil coined the term "shareholder foundation" in the first comparative European study, carried out in partnership with the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair. This model consists, for a foundation, in holding all or part of the capital of a company. As a reference shareholder, the foundation has a dual economic and philanthropic mission, protects the company and its values in the long term, and supports public causes through dividends.

Did you know ?

Prophil’s work and advocacy on shareholder foundations have contributed to the emergence of the concept and model in France. Prophil is at the initiative of “De Facto”, European dynamics for companies-owned foundation”, which brings together pioneering entrepreneurs and European expert correspondents. www.defacto-network.eu

Our work on shareholder foundation

novembre 2019

SHAREHOLDER FOR GOOD 

Prophil a organisé au Maif Social Club des rencontres inédites autours des nouvelles fondations et fonds de dotation actionnaires, en présence des pionniers et des européens de De Facto, ainsi que de M. Christophe Itier, Haut Commissaire à l’ESS et Mme Sarah El Hairy, députée et chargée d’une mission sur la philanthropie.

  • novembre 2019

    SHAREHOLDER FOR GOOD 

    Prophil a organisé au Maif Social Club des rencontres inédites autours des nouvelles fondations et fonds de dotation actionnaires, en présence des pionniers et des européens de De Facto, ainsi que de M. Christophe Itier, Haut Commissaire à l’ESS et Mme Sarah El Hairy, députée et chargée d’une mission sur la philanthropie.

  • septembre 2019

    A la découverte des fondations actionnaires suisses 

    Voyage d’étude organisé à Genève par Prophil en partenariat avec Delphine Bottge, correspondante de De Facto, où nos 14 participants ont rencontré plus de 15 experts et représentants des fondations actionnaires helvétiques.

  • avril 2019

    Prophil a étroitement contribué à loi PACTE (Plan d’action pour la croissance et la transformation des entreprises)

    Votée officiellement en avril 2019, avec la création du Fonds de pérennité, qui représente un pas important - mais encore insuffisant- vers la création d’un statut de fondation actionnaire à la française.