Inventing the hybrid models of tomorrow

Research Department

Prophil’s Research Department aims to explore, bring up and spread new economic, philanthropic and governance models at the service of the common good.

the research department

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 our publications, we organize conferences, workshops, learning expeditions abroad, trainings for various audiences (employees, shareholders, entrepreneurs, managers, employees, etc.). Prophil also carries out significant advocacy work with public authorities and entrepreneurs to adapt the French legal and regulatory framework and foster the creation of new statutes for hybrid companies serving the common good.

  • Prophil disseminates its research topics through innovative conferences. We have invented the ‘general assembly of the future”, the first conference-show that stages the transformation of a listed company into a mission-led company. Photo: End of the ‘general ass of the future’ at the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris, with 15 speakers and 700 participants.
  • From the United States to Denmark via Switzerland, Prophil organizes learning expeditions at the heart of mission-led business models and shareholder foundations.
  • Prophil organizes tailor-made trainings and workshops to enable the appropriation of key concepts developed by the research center, such as mission-led company and shareholder foundation. They take place in companies or in L’Atelier de Prophil, a dedicated place at the heart of the Montparnasse district in Paris. Photo: 4 "mission-led companies" co-design workshops carried out in 2018/19 at the Catholic University of Lille, with around fifty companies from the North of France.
  • The research department is carrying out an important advocacy action with public authorities in order to change the French legal and regulatory framework and promote the emergence of new business statutes at the service of the common good. Photo: signature of the cooperation pact between France and Denmark on shareholder foundations, August 29, 2019, in the presence of Bruno Le Maire, at the chamber of commerce of Copenhagen.
  • Prophil develops and leads the European community in favor of shareholder foundations (called ‘De Facto’) which brings together French pioneer entrepreneurs and European experts in this innovative model of transmission and corporate governance. Photo: “Shareholder for good” conference on shareholder foundations in the presence of De Facto at the Maif Social Club, Nov 2019
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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

October 2019

Manage a mission-led company

Training program designed with Humus, to train companies’ board members to broaden their scope of responsibility in connection with new legal framework and the mission-led company concept.

March 2019

Publication - Mission-led companies: the first practical guide

Publication by Prophil of the first reference guide on mission-led companies, resulting from the experimentation carried out in the French northern region, with the support of KPMG, the Entreprises & Cités fund and the Fondation des Possibles.

February 2019

The general assembly of the future (AG du futur)

The first public simulation of a fictitious General Assembly of a listed company (called Mirliton), wishing to transform into a mission-led company. 700 shareholders for one evening gathered at the Théâtre du Gymnase for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! With the support of the media Usbek et Rica, Sycomore AM, KPMG France and the foundation Croissance Responsable.

  • October 2019

    Manage a mission-led company

    Training program designed with Humus, to train companies’ board members to broaden their scope of responsibility in connection with new legal framework and the mission-led company concept.

  • March 2019

    Publication - Mission-led companies: the first practical guide

    Publication by Prophil of the first reference guide on mission-led companies, resulting from the experimentation carried out in the French northern region, with the support of KPMG, the Entreprises & Cités fund and the Fondation des Possibles.

  • February 2019

    The general assembly of the future (AG du futur)

    The first public simulation of a fictitious General Assembly of a listed company (called Mirliton), wishing to transform into a mission-led company. 700 shareholders for one evening gathered at the Théâtre du Gymnase for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! With the support of the media Usbek et Rica, Sycomore AM, KPMG France and the foundation Croissance Responsable.

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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

November 2019

Shareholder for good

Prophil organized at the Maif Social Club unprecedented meetings about new shareholders foundations and endowment funds, in the presence of pioneers and Europeans from De Facto, as well as Mr. Christophe Itier, The French High Commissioner at Social and Solidarity Economy and Ms. Sarah El Hairy, Member of French Parliament and in charge of a mission about philanthropy.

September 2019

Discovering Swiss shareholder foundations

Learning expedition organized in Geneva by Prophil, in partnership with Delphine Bottge, the Swiss correspondent of De Facto. Our 14 participants met more than 15 experts and representatives of Swiss shareholder foundations.

april 2019

Prophil has closely contributed to the PACTE law (Plan of action for businesses growth and transformation)

Officially voted in April 2019, with the creation of the “Fonds de Pérennité”, which represents an important step - but also insufficient - towards the creation of a French shareholder foundation statute.

  • November 2019

    Shareholder for good

    Prophil organized at the Maif Social Club unprecedented meetings about new shareholders foundations and endowment funds, in the presence of pioneers and Europeans from De Facto, as well as Mr. Christophe Itier, The French High Commissioner at Social and Solidarity Economy and Ms. Sarah El Hairy, Member of French Parliament and in charge of a mission about philanthropy.

  • September 2019

    Discovering Swiss shareholder foundations

    Learning expedition organized in Geneva by Prophil, in partnership with Delphine Bottge, the Swiss correspondent of De Facto. Our 14 participants met more than 15 experts and representatives of Swiss shareholder foundations.

  • april 2019

    Prophil has closely contributed to the PACTE law (Plan of action for businesses growth and transformation)

    Officially voted in April 2019, with the creation of the “Fonds de Pérennité”, which represents an important step - but also insufficient - towards the creation of a French shareholder foundation statute.