How Investors Can Better Support Women and People of Color-owned Businesses
A study funded by the Ford Foundation and conducted by a team including Jessica Thomas, director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, and Jeffrey Pollack, associate professor of entrepreneurship, explains the importance of investors supporting women and persons of color-owned startups.
Black Businesses Matter
By Vicki Lee Parker-High, Executive Director, North Carolina Business Council Black people have long understood that entrepreneurship was the ultimate pathway to economic freedom. It was our escape from the discriminatory workplaces where we were overlooked for promotions, demoted or let […]
New Case Study Focused on Driving Conversations around Race, Brands, and Corporate Social Responsibility
by Rachel Haynes, BSC Associate and Jenkins MBA Candidate 2021 “When Professors Stanko and Miller reached out about the case, I could immediately feel the weight of importance in what they were trying to put forth into business classrooms around […]
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.
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.
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.
FoodCon 2020: Opportunities and Challenges in the Sustainable Food Industry
FoodCon is a conference co-hosted by UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NC State each year to celebrate the food and agri-business industry. This year NC State hosted FoodCon 2020 on Thursday, January 23rd at Talley Student Union. Conference attendees enjoyed panels and keynotes featuring organizations such as Happy Dirt, NC Dairy Alliance, Ripe Revival, and NC Field. Check out this article written by BSC Associate Rachel Haynes recapping FoodCon 2020!
Home Depot’s Jarvis Pushes Practicality in MBA 582 Guest Lecture
Home Depot Chief Sustainability Officer Ron Jarvis gave a no-frills lecture about accomplishing corporate sustainability objectives in Jessica Thomas’ MBA 582: Sustainability and Business course Oct. 30 at Nelson Hall.
Why Do B Corps Matter?
Poole’s Jessica Thomas, lecturer and director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, breaks down what a B Corp is and how they are changing the future of business.