Programs & Centers

The Institute for Business & Social Impact unites a broad array of programs to empower members of the Haas community in developing creative and effective solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges. Core to the institute are four well-established centers and programs.

Center for Social Sector Leadership educates leaders to create tangible social impact. The center has created a real-world learning environment where students advise social ventures on strategic initiatives, work with faculty on applied research, and team up to develop social enterprises of their own. Students thereby learn that social impact is an integral part of professional and personal success.

Center for Responsible Business brings together students, company leaders, and faculty to redefine business and create a sustainable future. CRB focuses on the practice of integrating sustainable and socially responsible practices into company business strategies and models. Students work with CRB corporate partners on strategies that increase business value and tackle pressing social needs or environmental concerns. Students also manage the center's $2 million Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, which has doubled in size since its launch in 2008.

Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership focuses on issues of gender equity and leadership through teaching, research, and partnering with organizations on change strategies.

Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is a startup competition that empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and cash prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world's most pressing challenges. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment. Founded in 1999 by Berkeley Haas MBA students, GSVC has evolved into a network of 14 partner schools and organizations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Pre-College Programs. The institute supports two programs to advance the business skills and career ambitions of middle school and high school students. Boost@Berkeley Haas is a four year high school program that addresses the opportunity gap for first generation high school students. The Berkeley Business Academy for Youth (B-BAY) is a two week summer business academy for middle and high school students from around the world.

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