The Centre Yunus Paris was created in September 2017 by Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Grameen Bank Founder and Honorary Citizen of the City of Paris. Invited by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the Centre Yunus Paris is settled in the heart of the city, at “Les Canaux”, the house for solidary-driven and innovative economies.

First Yunus Centre outside of Bangladesh, the Centre Yunus Paris is the permanent resource center for social business in France. It intends to promote a world of three zeros: zero poverty, zero unemployment, zero net carbon emissions.


our missions

Be a resource &
information center for social business

The Centre Yunus Paris is fully included in the Parisian ecosystem of social economy: incubators, information platforms, funders, public authorities, labs.

Participate to the
Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games

The Centre Yunus Paris represents Prof. Yunus in the relevant governing bodies of Paris 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games and is an active stakeholder of Impact 2024.

Social Business creation

Promoting social business emergence and development is at the very core of our mission. The Centre works to facilitate the creation of social businesses.

We are the resource center for Social Business in France.

Poverty does not belong in civilized human society.
Its proper place is in a museum. That’s where it will be.

Programs & Events
Raising awareness on Social Business according to Professor Yunus among the academic world.
The GSBS is the worldwide leading forum for
social business.
Global Social Business SummitLEARN MORE
Animating the social business community
through regular events.
Events at Les CanauxLEARN MORE

Let’s change the world together!

Discover everything you need to know about social business

A Social business as defined by Prof. Yunus is an innovative approach to tackle the big social and environmental challenges of our times. It is a powerful tool to create a world of three zeros: zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emissions.

Social business is a sustainable business whose purpose is to serve a societal cause. In a social business, the investors/shareholders can gradually recoup the money invested but accept not to take any dividend beyond that point. Purpose of the investment is purely to achieve one or more social objectives through the operations of the company, no personal gain is searched by the investors.

The impact of the business on people or the environment, rather the amount of profit made in a given period, measures the success of social business.

A World of Three Zeroes

Pr. Yunus last published work

In a World of Three Zeros, Yunus criticizes the capitalist engine and advocates for a new economic system. He describes the tools funding social business and the necessary legal and regulatory changes to implement, basing his ideas on the economic experiments his work has allowed.

In the Media
Muhammad Yunus, chantre du « social business »
À 77 ans, l’inventeur du microcrédit et prix Nobel de la paix poursuit son rêve d’un...
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Paris 2024 joue la carte des emplois solidaires
Paris 2024 a lancé lundi 19 novembre au soir sa plate-forme dédiée aux 25 000 emplois issus...
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Muhammad Yunus : “Le système est aveugle à toute autre considération que le profit”
Depuis plus de trente ans, Muhammad Yunus propose, avec un réel succès, l'accès au crédit...
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Muhammad Yunus. Le capitaltruiste
Cet économiste bangladais a créé le premier organisme de microcrédit. Une initiative qui a sorti des...
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Our Latest News
[Feedback -YY Campus Tour #1 First steps] Lille Catholic University, SciencesPo, ESCP Europe: Pr. Yunus addresses the students.
Lille Catholic University, Nov 19th From November 19 to 21st 2018, more than 2000 students...
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[Impact 2024] Professor Yunus co-leads the platform first strategic committee meeting.
Photo by KMSP / Paris 2024 The first meeting of the Impact 2024 platform for...
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[Feedback – 2nd event Centre Yunus-Les Canaux] Micro-Credit, a finance that makes sense?
On last December 19th, 2018, les Canaux et Centre Yunus welcomed the french NGO Adie...
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[Feedback – 1st event Centre Yunus-Les Canaux] Social Business and access to drinkable water: What solutions in developing countries?
For their first public event on November 28th, 2018, Centre Yunus and Les Canaux organized...
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Press Releases
Centre Yunus Paris Website Launch
Founded in 2017 at the initiative of Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, the Centre Yunus...
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14 Editions of "The World of Three Zeros" by the Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus have been published, see the book covers below.

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#YSBBrazil hosted a #SocialBusinessevent2019 at #SaoPaolo bringing together participants from all over the world. #FabioBarroso, #UNFoundationBoardMember, was the keynote speaker. #ProfYunus gave a #SpecialMessage on how powerful we as human beings can be when we #SolveOurProblem

"Pourquoi investir en microfinance? @BNPParibas, @FondationGCA et la SIDI nous répondent dans cet entretien croisé, issu du Baromètre de la #Microfinance 2018
Retrouvez l'article ici : https://t.co/OSI8wmRnt1
#impactinvesting #inclusionfinanciere #socent"

L’entreprise (société, asso, mutuelle...) peut être un formidable lieu d’émancipation individuelle et d’amélioration collective. Elle doit prendre toute sa part dans l’organisation sociale en mettant son agilité au service d’un plus fort impact social et environnemental. #PACTE

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