Have you ever wondered how companies become B Corps? B Corps—like Warby Parker, New Belgium Brewing, and Patagonia—are “for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.” For the last four years, the NC State B Corp Clinic, a multi-school collaborative program has helped North Carolina companies strengthen their social and environmental impact by working with teams of graduate and undergraduate students from universities across the state.
B Corp Clinic Featured in the Financial Times
How are business schools ensuring their students are prepared for business in the 21st Century? The Financial Times just reported on best practice examples of sustainability, ethics and social purpose at business schools around the world and featured NC State's B Corp Clinic! The special report is titled "Social purpose: how business schools around the world measure up." Check out the B Corp Clinic in the section highlighting student projects.
Over the last 4 years, the B Corp Clinic has engaged 300 students from 8 colleges with 56 projects.
Companies are matched with a team of students (intentionally designed to include students from multiple schools and disciplines) to go through the assessment process and identify strategies they can take to improve their B Corp scores. Students gain hands-on consulting experience and the chance to learn about social and environmental impact assessment and sustainable business models. Over the last three years, the NC State B Corp Clinic has worked on 56 projects with North Carolina companies, to help them make progress towards B Corp certification, working with 300 graduate and undergraduate students from universities across the state.
B Corp Clinic Timeline – Spring 2020
1/31 – Company applications due by 5pm
2/7 – B Corp Clinic Kickoff, HQ Centennial Campus (10:30 – 12:30)
2/14 – Student applications due by 5pm
2/17 – Teams announced
2/21 – Student orientation
3/20 – Interim presentations (virtual event)
4/24 – B Corp Clinic Closing Presentations, HQ Centennial Campus (10:30 – 12:30)
Spring 2020 B Corp Clinic Companies: 9miles Media, Boer Brothers Heating and Air, Get Spiffy, Inc., ndustrial.io,Prota Fiori, Spiritex/Asheville Apparel,Triangle Environmental and Unity Digital Agency.
Help real companies, ranging from startups to multinationals strengthen their social and environmental impact. Develop real-world experience working with local and global companies.