The Business of Doing Good

Group shot of students at Impact Week

At NYU’s Stern School of Business, students use a four-course social impact sequence to explore how businesses can operate profitably without ‭harming the environment or taking advantage of ‭vulnerable communities. Here are just a few ‭ways that NYU students are turning classroom knowledge into a new culture of sustainability.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Hearing from Industry Experts ‬‬‬‬

The student-run Social Impact Council (SIC) hosts an annual Impact ‭Week that provides an overview of the field. “Last year we had a ‭faculty debate between four Stern professors,” says Pooja Vittal, a ‭Stern student and the co-president of SIC. “They really dug deep into ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‭the possible roles that business will play in our society’s future.” ‭Impact Week also features workshops on running a business sustainably, panels on social impact career paths, and an internship ‭fair attended by impact-focused organizations like Citi and Nespresso.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Two students at podium giving a presentation at Impact Week

Inventing New Ways to Help

Through the Social Venture Competition, ‭students can submit their idea for a socially ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‭responsible business; work with professional mentors to refine their business plan, ‬‬‬‬‭pitch their idea, and learn how to market ‭it; and compete for seed money to make ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‭their business a reality.

Four students standing together in conversation

Supporting Burgeoning Businesses

By joining NYU clubs like Net Impact and 180 Degrees ‭Consulting, students can act as consultants to social ventures, start-ups, and ‭nonprofits, helping businesses grow and ‭develop while keeping an eye on corporate responsibility. “These clubs are a way ‭to take what you learn from the classroom and ‭apply it in a real-world setting, like at Amnesty International or the Red Cross,” says Pooja.

Three students standing together in conversation