You haven’t heard much about the fall 2019 B Corp Clinic because we’ve been busy testing out a new model. This fall, the B Corp Clinic was only open to students who are taking MBA 582: Sustainability and Business, a new course taught by BSC director, Jessica Thomas. As part of the course, MBA and MAC students are working on B Corp Clinic practicum projects with five local purpose driven companies: Charles & Colvard, Haven Developers, Murphy’s Naturals, Recover Brands and Touchstone Essentials.
In Spring 2020, the Clinic will again be open to students from across NC State University and across the state of North Carolina. Students who are interested in participating in the Spring 2020, make sure you have signed up for the BSC mailing list (check out the bottom of this page). Companies interested in applying to participate in the Spring 2020 B Corp Clinic can find more information here.
The B Corp Clinic, launched in 2015, connects students to local and global for profit businesses to help them improve their environmental and social impact. Companies are matched with interdisciplinary, cross-university teams of students that use the B Impact Assessment or BIA (the certification platform for B Corps) to identify and implement strategies to improve the company’s impact. The B Corp Clinic has worked on 51 semester-long projects with companies that range from start-ups to multinational, from a broad range of industries.
Over 280 students representing 17 different disciplines, have participated in the Clinic from academic institutions including NC State University, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill University, Elon University, Wake Tech Community College, NC Central University, North Carolina A&T University, and Appalachian State University. Students have contributed over 7,000 hours and have worked with companies to make more than 2,200 points of progress on the BIA.
The B Corp Clinic has worked with local companies as well as companies as far away as California and Australia, using an innovative virtual platform. Students and companies can participate in the program from anywhere in the world. The Clinic provides a unique opportunity for future business leaders to get hands-on consulting experience and the chance to learn about social and environmental impact assessment and sustainable business models.
The B Corp Clinic is currently being replicated at academic institutions across the US, including University of New Hampshire, University of Florida, University of Georgia, and Lenoir Rhyne University.