CSVC’S Coalition for Better Business highlights and engages companies and organizations that prioritize the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Environmental, Social, and Governance Goals (ESG), have a keen interest in Maryland Smith students and believe in the good of people, planning, and profit. Formed in early 2018, the coalition helps to refine and enhance better business learning experiences, explore and highlight relevant industry insights, and co-create student engagements that foster the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to advance economic, social and environmental prosperity. Coalition engagements include guest lectures, live cases, skills workshops, special events, community convenings, and more.

We are thrilled to welcome Tata and PwC as our two founding members. Over the coming year, additional industry leaders will be hand-selected and invited to join us in this transformative experience.

Thought Leadership Partners

The Center for Social Value Creation is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with 3 Thought Leadership Partners. Each partner brings a unique value to the relationship, allowing CSVC to further our mission of engaging, educating, and empowering for social impact and better business.

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Principles for Responsible Management EducationWe are excited to announce that the Robert H. Smith School of Business has recently been accepted as a member of The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME is a United Nations-supported initiative that equips today’s business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change. PRME engages business schools to ensure they provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals. PRME draws specific attention to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and aligns academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact. The Smith School, along with 800 signatories worldwide, is now a part of the largest organized relationship between the UN and business-related higher education institutions. Being a member of PRME will give the Smith School access to a wide variety of resources such as PRME’s Global Forum, PRME innovation challenge, PRME Education Academy Seminar Series, and more.

Network for Business Sustainability (NBS)

Network for Business SustainabilityThe Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) is working to advance sustainable development to assure prosperity for all, today and into the future. NBS members are working to mobilize businesses to contribute to thriving communities and ecosystems by integrating academic research with practical experience. By becoming a member, the Smith School has access to more than 35,000 business leaders, researchers, and students from around the world as well as a community of 170+ sustainability research centers in business schools. Members of NBS are knowledgeable in a wide range of business areas and encourage business leaders and researchers to exchange ideas and push each other's thinking. These ideas are shared through NBS’ podcasts, articles, reports, and meetings.

Creating Value Alliance

Creating Value AllianceThe Center for Social Value Creation also partners with the Creating Value Alliance, an international alliance with the goal to spread the value creation mindset. The Creating Value Alliance is an international movement to increase our understanding of the concept of value and to find and promote ways of creating value consciously and more abundantly. This will allow us to operate more effectively, to build social value, and to thrive and be ready for the challenges of a constantly changing world. In addition to partnering with the Smith School, Creating Value Alliance currently has partnerships with schools and centers from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Japan. The Creating Value Alliance hosts global conferences on creating value, offers a Creating Value Certificate, social value articles highlighting CSVC, and more.

Consulting Partners

The Impact Consulting Fellowship is a two-month-long program where students work in cross-functional teams (composed of undergraduate, master's, MBA, and doctoral students) to provide pro-bono consulting services to impact-driven companies and organizations both nationally and across the globe. Having recently concluded the fourth iteration of the program, we’ve had over 300 student participants, with the assistance of 46 consultant advisors,  provide over 30,000 hours of pro-bono consulting to 56 impact-driven projects that range in scope and industry. We’ve gone on to win the MBA Roundtable Fast Track Innovation award, been featured in the Baltimore Sun’s Education Marketplace publication, as well as been featured in the United Nations Social Development Network’s Accelerating Education for the SDGs in the Universities guide. Some prominent organizations we’ve had as clients include Black Girl Ventures, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Airgility, the Baltimore County Government, Trent Limited (a subsidiary of the Tata Group), and much more.

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