Elisabeth Laville

Founder and Director of Utopies

Elisabeth Laville

Founder and Director of Utopies


At 52, Elisabeth Laville is one of the most experienced persons in the field of CSR in France and one of Europe’s leading experts in sustainability and progressive business strategies. After graduating from HEC Business School in 1988, she created Utopies in 1993, a think-tank and consultancy specialized on sustainable development that is now acknowledged as « the pioneering consultancy for sustainable business strategies » (Enjeux-Les Echos Magazine, Nov. 01).

Elisabeth Laville and her team have worked on CSR strategies and management for an extensive range of corporate clients, ranging from CSR pioneers such as Ben & Jerry’s, Nature & découvertes or Interface to major international groups such as Danone, Carrefour, Lafarge, Sodexo, L’Oréal, etc.

From 2003 to 2012, Elisabeth has served on British Telecom’s Leadership Panel, a group of leading European experts and opinion-makers sollicited by BT to challenge its approach to sustainable development. She has been chairing Lafarge’s permanent stakeholder panel for ten years and was a member of the Kingfisher Net Positive Advisory Board.

Elisabeth Laville taught at HEC, French Business School, and is among other books the author of the bestseller « L’entreprise verte : le développement durable change l’entreprise pour changer le monde », published in April 02 (Synapsis Prize for the Best French Business Book in December 02) and updated in 2004 and 2009. « A empresa verde » was also published in Brazil in 2009.

Elisabeth was also asked by the French government to produce an official report and recommendations on the French policy for sustainable consumption (published in january 2011). Elisabeth’s last book, « Pour une consommation heureuse », was published in France at the end of 2014.

Elisabeth was given several awards for her work and vision, including:

– ELLE, « Top 30 of green influencers», june 2019 ;

– Officer of Ordre National du Mérite, may 2019 ;

– Madame Figaro « green gurus who whisper to CEOs”, february 2017 ;

– Madame Figaro « 50 women who change the world », june 2011 ;

– Challenges Magazine « 50 women who have power », october 2009 ;

– L’Express « 25 women who mix power and creativity », october 2009 ;

– Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year award, 2008 ;

– Chevalier of the Legion of Honour award, 2008 ;

– ELLE magazine’s « 40 women who want to shake the world », october 2007 ;

– L’Usine Nouvelle « 50 visionnaries who will change industry » in 2006 ;

– L’Express Magazine « 100 French people who will shape 2003 », january 2003 ;

– Newbiz Magazine, « 100 visionaries who could change France », april 2002.

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