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.
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.
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.