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Net Impact Publishes Business As UnUsual 2010 Report

Hot off the presses comes Net Impact’s rather comprehensive report on business schools focusing on “sustainability” programs. “Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.” The organization is active on campuses and in cities throughout the world, with 260 chapters and 20,000 members. If I may editorialize and make a quick plug, I am one of the 20,000 members as part of the Monterey Institute of International Studies (we’re in the report) and can attest the quality and importance of this organization.

As my colleague Emily touched on in her article last week “Are We “Green-washing” our MBAs?”, sustainability programs are big business in B-School these days. One needn’t look further than this report. 95 MBA programs from around the world are profiled here and consist mainly of first hand reports that read somewhat like a Princeton Review analysis of MBA sustainability programs. Each report includes on-campus activities, including the nature of Net Impact chapters at each school, sustainability measures on campus, career center advising as well as how each school’s curriculum allows one to pursue an MBA in sustainability. Finally, the sections are wrapped up by noting various prominent alumni and a “Reasons to Attend” spot, which gives potential students a good summation of how current and former students feel about the program.

Clearly MBA programs have followed (or more likely have lead) the trend of the population at large in engaging and approaching the world in a more holistic manner. Net Impact has gone along way to foster this community of like minded individuals and whether your an aspiring MBA in sustainability, an alum checking on your program or you simply want to keep abreast of what is going on these days, the Net Impact Business UnUsual 2010 Report is definitely worth a look.

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Written by Jonathan Banco

Jonathan has worked in both journalism and various facets of small business development over the past eight years. Most recently, he graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (graduate school of Middlebury College) in 2010 with an MBA and an MA in International Development Policy. His interests include SME development and its role in economic growth, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as how CSR/Sustainability measures impact both business operations and the communities in which businesses operate. While at MIIS he worked as a summer fellow involved in small business consulting in Accra, Ghana and was an active member of the MIIS Net Impact chapter. As a life long traveler, Jonathan has been fortunate to have lived in, worked in or visited over 20 countries on 5 continents and he truly hopes that he will be able to continue this trend.


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  1. I am a HUGE fan of Net Impact and look forward to its Business As Unusual Report every year. Thanks, Jonathan, for the heads-up!

    • Thanks Cindy. It really is a great organization, both on campus and now as an alumni/professional in SF. Plus, I couldn’t resist a quick and shameless plug for my program. Got keep up with the MBA big boys. Regardless, I’m enthusiastic about where b-school programs are headed.

  2. Thanks for posting about this Jonathan! I’m also a huge fan and member of Net Impact and there has been a lot of comments/ discussion on Net Impact’s Linked In Board regarding Green MBAs and the integration of sustainability practices into core business curriculum. Good to know where business schools are headed in this regard.

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