By Iman Usmani, BSC Associate
The NC State B Corp Clinic offers students hands-on consulting experience and the chance to learn about B Corporations, social and environmental impact assessment, and sustainable business models. Thirty students representing NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University and, for the first time, NC Central University are participating in the Spring NC State B Corp Clinic.
For the last three years, the NC State B Corp Clinic, a multi-school collaborative program, has helped North Carolina companies achieve B Corp certification by working with teams of graduate and undergraduate students from universities across the state. 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.
The B Corp Clinic has worked with over 180+ students on 29 projects and helped companies make progress on over 1300 points towards certification, including 6 companies that have become B Corp Certified. This semester’s clinic includes the participation of Southern Energy Management, Lulu.com, Leaf & Limb, Happy + Hale, New Kind, Loading Dock Raleigh, and Litterati. Students will share their final projects and deliverables for a closing ceremony on April 27, 2018, at The Frontier.
If you’re interested in learning more about B Corporations, NC State University and Elon University have teamed up for the second year in a row to present a unique networking event for students and alumni interested in connecting with local B Corps. Join us for B the Change: B Corporations as a Force for Good in the World, Monday, March 12th at 5 pm at NC State’s Talley Student Union. Featured companies include HQ Raleigh, Lulu.com, Participate, Southern Energy Management, TS Designs, Vert & Vogue or others.