At the center of sustainability-related student activities is the Net Impact Club. Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Spanning six continents, Net Impact membership makes up one of the most influential networks of MBAs, graduate students, and professionals in existence today.
CESR exists to advance the Leeds School’s commitment of preparing future leaders to confront social, environmental, economic and ethical challenges faced by modern business. CESR sponsors the University of Colorado Net Impact Graduate Chapter, providing funding, faculty and public partnership resources.
CESR Instructor David Payne serves as the faculty advisor for the CU Leeds Net Impact Chapter, recognized as a GOLD Chapter, which is achieved by only 10% of 3000+ chapters worldwide. Under the umbrella of its charter, Net Impact leads four distinct initiatives that bring students closer to the nexus of business as a tool for achieving powerful impact for all stakeholders.
Past Clients: Intercambio, Colorado Grey Water, Pixan, Mi Casa Resource Center, The Social Entrepreneurship in Equitable Development and Sustainability (SEEDS), Naya Skincare, Museum of Natural History, Women’s Wilderness Institute, ReWork, Vertile Foundation
Nonprofits: The Women’s Wilderness Institute, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Farmers Market, I Have a Dream Foundation, Boulder History Museum, Voices for Children CASA, Acorn, Community Resource Center, Women’s Education Foundation, Thorne Ecological Institute, YWCA of Boulder County
The Impact Catalyst Student Manual was recently updated by CESR and CU Boulder to create a comprehensive tool for student teams to measure the impact of socially-minded companies. Read more here.
Past Clients: Rally Software, Newton Running, EcoSyste.ms, Madhava Sweetners, Door to Door Organics, E Source, Geological Society of America, Green House Data, Ireland Stapleton
Previous Winners: Surya Conversions, Second Family
Both Net Impact and CESR host activities and events that introduce students to the diverse impact business field and provide education and support to help students realize impact principles in their future professions.
Now there is a new Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter for underclassmen at Leeds School of Business, advised by Don Oest, a CESR instructor.
For more information about any of these programs, or to request to work with a student team, please contact the CESR office.