SBSI Conference Sponsors & Partners
If you're interested in sponsoring The Duke Conference on Sustainable Business and Social Impact, please contact Grace Webster (Grace.Webster@fuqua.duke.edu). More information on sponsorships is available here.
We are thrilled to have Unilever as a platinum sponsor.
About Unilever (from the company website):
With more than 400 brands focused on health and wellbeing, no company touches so many people’s lives in so many different ways.
Our portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos and everyday household care products. We produce world-leading brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s and Omo, alongside trusted local names such as Blue Band, Pureit and Suave.
Since Unilever was established in the 1890s, brands with a social mission have been at the core of our business, and now corporate responsibility underpins our strategy.
In 2010 we launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – a set of targets designed to help us deliver our objective of growing our business while minimizing our impact on the environment.
To embed sustainability into every stage of the life cycle of our products, we’re working with our suppliers to support responsible approaches to agriculture. We’re also learning from NGOs and other organizations, recognizing that building a truly sustainable business is not something we can do without expert advice.
We believe that as a business we have a responsibility to our consumers and to the communities in which we have a presence. Around the world we invest in local economies and develop people’s skills inside and outside of Unilever. And through our business and brands, we run a range of programs to promote hygiene, nutrition, empowerment and environmental awareness.
We are thrilled to have John Deere as a platinum sponsor.
About John Deere (from the company website):
Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has seen a great many changes in its business, its products, its services. Change always comes with opportunity. And Deere has always been ready and willing to embrace it. Yet, through it all, John Deere is still dedicated to those who are linked to the land – farmers and ranchers, landowners, builders, and loggers. And Deere has never outgrown, nor forgotten, its founder's original core values. Those values determine the way we work, the quality we offer, and the unsurpassed treatment you get as a customer, investor, employee.
Safeguarding the environment is nothing new to John Deere. We know that responsible resource management is vital to our company, employees, customers, and world. So, our operating processes reflect this strong commitment to environmental protection. We're on the constant lookout for energy-efficient systems, as well as systems that sustain air and water quality, or eliminate or reduce waste. And, when investing in new products, approaches or technologies, we give preference to those that have the most favorable environmental impact.
We are forever indebted to our incredible partners at Duke.
About CASE (from its website):
The Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) is a research and education center based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. CASE promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.
About EDGE (from its website):
The Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business prepares businesses to meet the global demand for energy, resources, and improved quality of life. Through education, research, and engagement, EDGE identifies the most promising pathways toward a sustainable energy system and economy, works with leading firms to drive these innovations across their value chains, and helps seed the partnerships that can accelerate these transformations.
About SEAD (from its website):
SEAD brings together interdisciplinary partners through a coordinated effort across Duke University and leverages institutional relationships and networks to create an integrated global health social entrepreneurship hub for diverse stakeholders across the globe. SEAD, in partnership with USAID and the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), will mobilize a community of practitioners, investors, policymakers, faculty, staff, and students to identify, assess, help develop, build capacity of, and scale solutions, technologies, and business models for global healthcare delivery and preventive services. Through this program, SEAD will capture lessons learned and policy implications to ensure that our work impacts both entrepreneurs on the ground and the broader development community.
We are thrilled to have The Redwoods Group as a sponsor.
About The Redwoods Group (from the company website):
The Redwoods Group, a certified B Corporation, is a unique insurance provider specializing in serving customers with complex exposure to loss. We know the special risks our clients face in their professional endeavors, and we offer insightful, expert risk management as well as insurance products and services that meet their specific needs.
The Redwoods Group would like to be recognized as a company with a long-term commitment to its clients, an ability to learn from and grow with the needs of the community, and an attitude of innovation that makes us stand out from other insurance companies.
Our bottom line is that we care about the people we serve. We believe that without a sense of caring, there can be no feeling of community, and building communities is what The Redwoods Group is all about.
We are so excited to offer our participants coffee from Counter Culture Coffee, a local, sustainable coffee brand.
About Counter Culture Coffee (from the company website):
Building a sustainable business is central to Counter Culture Coffee's mission. They strive to be leaders in sustainable coffee and combine their commitment to buying high-quality coffee with respect for the natural environment.
We are so thrilled to offer our networking reception attendees beer from Fullsteam Brewery.
About Fullsteam Brewery (from the company website):
Fullsteam is a Durham, North Carolina production brewery and tavern inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South. Our mission: to pioneer the art of Distinctly Southern Beer, brewing with local farmed goods, heirloom grains, and seasonal botanicals to guide our beer and our quest.
The more we buy local, the more we directly improve the quality of life of North Carolina farmers, foragers, and agricultural entrepreneurs. We seek no less than to build a Southern Beer Economy...one pint at a time."production brewery and tavern inspired by the agricultural and culinary traditions of the South.
Learn more about our beer and our all-welcome, family- and dog-friendly tavern.
About GPSC (from its website):
The Graduate and Professional Student Council of Duke University (GPSC – pronounced ‘gypsy’) is the umbrella student government organization for Duke’s nine graduate and professional schools. Our purpose is to:
- represent and advocate on behalf of graduate and professional students at Duke University;
- serve as a liaison among the student governments of the graduate and professional schools of the University;
- serve as a liaison between graduate and professional students and the University Administration;
- nominate graduate and professional student representatives to University committees;
- program events of interest to the graduate and professional student community; and financially support the programming of graduate and professional student groups
About MBAA (from its website):
The mission of The Fuqua MBA Association (MBAA) is to represent the interests, needs, and concerns of daytime MBA students and student organizations across the spectrum of Duke University activities. As a part of that mission, the MBAA works to enrich the student experience through leadership development programs, activities that support and enhance our "Team Fuqua" culture, and activities that strengthen The Duke MBA brand. The MBAA is also deeply committed to strengthening the Fuqua community. This involves reaching out to our active alumni network, to our friends and supporters in Durham, and to the diverse business community in the Triangle area.
About IBC (from its website):
The International Business Club invites you to make the most of the cultural diversity available to you at Fuqua. As business leaders, you will likely work with clients, co-workers or teams of diverse cultures. Your ability to relate to people of many cultures on a personal level will open many doors. Getting involved and a making an effort to connect with your classmates will give you a great start! Domestic and international students are both strongly encouraged to participate.
About the Duke MBA Health Care Club (from its website):
The Duke MBA Health Care Club is a student run club that helps educate members on career opportunities and industry trends throughout all facets of the health care sector. The club also provides a forum for individuals to interact with industry professionals and alumni from prominent health care organizations.
About the Nicholas School (from its website):
The Nicholas School of the Environment creates knowledge and leaders of consequence for a sustainable future through a new paradigm in research and education: one that attempts to understand the Earth, the environment, and people and human institutions as an integrated whole, and to use that understanding to foster and spread the ethic of environmental stewardship.
About the Duke MBA Consulting Club (from its website):
The Duke MBA Consulting Club (DMCC) is an official student run, professional club that operates under the Duke MBA Association (MBAA). The Club is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by the MBAA and Corporate Sponsors.Traditionally, the club is comprised of both first-year and second-year MBA students interested in pursuing a career in consulting. The DMCC is positioned as a hub connecting students, Recruiters and Alumni who are engaged in consulting-related activities at Duke.
About the Duke MBA Energy Club (from its website):
The Mission of the Duke MBA Energy Club is to educate students and facilitate engagement in all aspects of the energy industry including energy basics, emerging technologies, energy finance, company profiles, and career tracks. The Duke MBA Energy Club also provides forums to discuss energy related issues by hosting thought leaders and company executives to speak at events like our annual Energy Conference. The club also facilitates career opportunities and promotes Duke University and The Fuqua School of Business as a premier education institution for energy recruiters.
About the Duke MEM/MBA Club (from its website):
The MEM/MBA (Master of Environmental Management/Master of Business Administration) program at Duke University is a interdisciplinary program which draws from the academic offerings of both the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Fuqua School of Business. The MEM/MBA club seeks to unify MEM/MBA students during their three years of study at Duke University.
About the Duke Culinary Club (from its website):
We are a club for those who love to cook, eat, and share food. Throughout the year, we will be offering exiting events to bring our community together over food, share the food of our diverse cultures, network within the local food community, and get to know our rich food producing region.
About the HSM Club (from its website):
The Duke MBA Health Sector Management (HSM) program—the largest health industry program among top U.S. business schools—offers interdisciplinary studies that leverage Duke University's longstanding leadership in business education, research, and clinical care. Students work closely with faculty and industry leaders to explore health care's most pressing issues, among them service delivery models, financing alternatives, patient and provider relationships, and organizational processes. With their understanding of the industry, applicable skill sets, and professional network, HSM graduates become leaders of consequence within the global health sector.
About the Duke Business and Environment Club (from its website):
The Business and Environment Club is a networking and professional development club in the Nicholas School of the Environment. The BEC was founded by students who recognized the importance of the business in protecting the environment, and the importance of a healthy environment in growing business.
We are committed to bringing together students, who have the knowledge and ability to create positive change, with companies that recognize the strategic importance of the environment. Our members possess a deep understanding of the interconnection between business and the environment, both in specific risks posed to business by a changing environment and in the competitive advantage that can be gained through an effective environmental strategy.
About the General Management Club (from its website):
The General Management Club is one of the largest and most active clubs at Fuqua. We are dedicated to providing Fuqua students with the tools and the knowledge needed to become world-class leaders and managers, including: access to information regarding general management career paths, an extensive network of professionals for career advice, and professional development opportunities. Our members actively pursue internship and post-MBA career opportunities in a wide variety of industries and are highly sought after from leading organizations across the globe.
The mission of the General Management Club is to be the most valued resource for Fuqua students who aspire to build careers in general management. The GMC achieves its mission by providing information, education, career preparation, and access to various career opportunities in general management. Furthermore, the GMC grants students access to an extensive network of professionals for career and recruitment support. As one of the largest professional clubs on campus, the GMC is excited to offer a collection of events throughout the year designed to achieve its mission