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CSVC is Creating a Better World Through Business

The Center for Social Value Creation’s (CSVC) mission is to educate, engage, and empower Smith students to employ business principles that create economic, social and environmental prosperity. CSVC brings practical guidance, relevant knowledge and experiential learning to current and future business leaders. Through courses, programs, and campus wide gatherings, CSVC helps prepare students to be the future driving force of business to assure that companies, communities, society, and the natural world collectively thrive. Signature initiatives like Change the World Consulting and the Social Enterprise Symposium foster the skills and insights students need to create value for business and society as leaders in the 21st century.

The Center’s work is rooted in 5 Principles for Better Business:

  1. Lead with Integrity, Transparency and Purpose
  2. Embrace Stakeholders
  3. Invest in the Long Term
  4. Safeguard the Natural World
  5. Leverage Markets to Address Societal Challenges

History at Smith

The Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) was founded in 2009 in response to students asking the question, “How can business create positive change in the world?” What began as a simple inquiry has grown into a passionate mission: To educate, engage and empower Smith students to employ business principles that help not just the bottom line, but also the world.

The Center for Social Value Creation began as a signature initiative of Dean G. “Anand” Anandalingam (2009-13) of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and continues today under the leadership of Dean Alex Triantis. Since its founding CSVC has engaged thousands of University of Maryland students, partnered with more than 250 nonprofits and social enterprises throughout the Washington, D.C. // Baltimore region. The Center offers a number of experiential learning opportunities for students, including the Change the World Consulting Program, Impact Ambassador ProgramSocial Innovation FellowsSocial Enterprise Symposium, and developed a portfolio of courses available to the Smith School community and beyond.