Leaders in the Drive for Change
B Corporations (or benefit corporations) are for-profit businesses that show a demonstrated commitment to social and environmental sustainability. With a network of more than 2,500 corporations worldwide, the B Corp certification helps consumers identify companies that share their values and benefit their communities.
At the Business Sustainability Collaborative, we’re proud to be leaders in the B Corporation movement. Our flagship program, the B Corp Clinic, is the biggest initiative of its kind. And it’s been adopted by universities across the globe. During a semester-long session, we pair students with aspiring B Corporations — including leading companies like Red Hat and HQ Raleigh — to help them earn their B Corp certifications.
Connecting Students with Real-World Lessons on Stakeholder Capitalism
Business school professors and leaders are finding an enthusiastic audience for the movement to reshape the global economy into one built on stakeholder capitalism. College students, who are among the generation most likely to be affected by changes to the economy as the workers, consumers, and community members of the future, are seizing new opportunities to build their knowledge and experience by learning about and working with Certified B Corporations through an expanding network known as B Academics.
The Business Sustainability Collaborative is an active member of North Carolina’s B Corporation community. Through our events and academic initiatives, we strive to connect NC State’s students with certified B Corporations and other like-minded individuals across the state.
We engage with a community of over 300 academic institutions worldwide researching and teaching about B Corporations. Together, we’re tackling the world’s most pressing sustainability problems — and training the business leaders of tomorrow.
How B Corporations Work
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B Corporations don’t just act in the best interest of their shareholders. They strive to benefit all the stakeholders that a company touches: their employees, their customers, their communities and the world at large.
The B Corporation certification, administered by the nonprofit B Lab, requires companies to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. That means consumers can feel good about working with certified B Corporations. And companies with the certification know they’re adopting forward-thinking business strategies.
B Impact Team Workshop
Harness the knowledge of the Business Sustainability Collaborative’s 10 semesters of experience running the successful B Corp Clinics in partnership with 60+ companies and engaging over 300 students, with the B Impact Team Planning, Implementation, & Execution Workshop.
NC State leads a global movement of 1,900 academics teaching about B Corporations. The vision of B Academics is to advance the state of academic study into business as a force for good.