B Academics Network Hosts the 2020 Global B Academics Paper Development Workshop
The B Academics network recently held its 2020 Global B Academics Paper Development Workshop. B Academics is 501c3 that brings together over 1900 academics and supporters from 612 institutions and 52 countries. It is a growing movement with a vision to “advance the state of academic study into business as a force for good,” and is led by their president, Jessica Yinka Thomas who is the Director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative and a faculty member in the Poole College of Management at NC State. The topic of the Workshop was Nuts and Bolts of Research on B Corps: Empirical Methods and Research Design.
In an Economy Ravaged By COVID-19, B Corps Open a Door for Change
As the world struggles to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, B Corporations may offer the reeling economy a way forward. Jessica Yinka Thomas, Poole College of Management’s director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative (BSC) and president of B Academics, explains how these businesses are better positioned than many other companies to withstand economic downturns.
How Farmers in the U.S. Are Uniting During COVID-19
Olivia Watkins, BSC Associate, Jenkins MBA Candidate and Co-founder of The Black Farmer Fund, shares her thoughts on how farmers and our food systems have been affected by COVID-19. Check out her article to see how farmers are uniting and how you can help support them.
Luxury Meets Sustainability
From the start, Stucko wanted Prota Fiori to become B Corporation certified. To her, the certification is simply an additional step of accountability for the sustainable practices she felt called to pursue. After learning about Poole College of Management’s B Corp Clinic, she jumped at the opportunity to participate. Not only does the college provide expertise in sustainability and supply chain management, but it’s Global Luxury and Management (GLAM) program provides a unique understanding of the luxury market.
Winners Announced for the Social and Environmental Impact Category of NC State’s 2020 Lulu eGames
The Lulu eGames, NC State’s largest annual startup competition, draws the attention of student and faculty entrepreneurs from across campus. This year 130+ entrepreneurs entered the competition to battle for over $100,000 in award money. A group of volunteer judges hand-picked 19 finalist teams to advance to the second round of our highly competitive startup competition. For the first time since its inception in 2009, ten final round winners were announced virtually via a Facebook Live video stream on April 8, 2020. Student teams walked away with anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000.
The B Corp Clinic Featured in B the Change
B the Change media recently featured an article, titled “The B Corp Clinic: How North Carolina Students are Bringing Impact-Minded Business to Life,” written by Mirah Alix about the NC State Poole College B Corp Clinic, its origin, impact and spring 2020 projects.
BSC Director Wins 2020 Fuqua Leader of Consequence Award
BSC Director, Jessica Yinka Thomas, recently received the 2020 Fuqua Leader of Consequence Award. The award, established in 2012, recognizes alumni from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business whose exemplary professional accomplishments are matched by the significant positive social or environmental change they have created. Recipients embody Fuqua's concept of a "Leader of Consequence" by using their degree to make a difference both inside and outside of the boardroom. Thomas was recognized for her work teaching business as a force for good and leading the global B Academic network.
The Top 5 Lessons to Help you Change the World from 50 People Who Have
During the Spring 2020 semester, the BSC and Net Impact Chapter hosted a virtual Lunch' n Learn - featuring social entrepreneur, marketing strategist, and incredible speaker - Christina Marie Noel!
Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference: Patience as a Key to Impact Investing
On February 12th, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Sustainable Business and Social Impact Conference (SBSI) hosted by the Net Impact Chapter at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Jessica Yinka Thomas Featured As World-Changing Woman in Business
Thomas was recognized as part of a Conscious Company series recognizing 13 women who are leading the “fourth wave of social enterprise” for her efforts in the Business Sustainability Collaborative at NC State and B Academics by working to advance the state of academic study into business as a force for good.