Housed in the School of Business but harnessing resources from across the university, our vision at Business for a Better World is that business will be a force for good in the world, leading the charge to address the world’s complex challenges. Ongoing inequalities in access to basic human rights like education, healthcare, and employment have been exacerbated by COVID-19. In this presentation, we will address how the Center drives curriculum change, develops student programming, fosters research collaborations across sectors, and forges partnerships to effect change. We will share particularly timely examples, including: our Impact Fellows program that provides a 2-year wrap-around experience focused on the SDGs for incoming first-year students from groups traditionally underrepresented in business, including students of color, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ students; our Honey Bee Initiative focused on global goals around food security, gender equity, and reduced inequalities; and our partnership with MAP Clinics (an initiative of the College of Health and Human Services to provide free medical care to refugee and immigrant populations) to facilitate the return to work of a low-wage Latinx community ravaged by COVID-19.
Lisa Gring-Pemble, Co-Executive Director, Business for a Better World Center Co-Founder and Director of Strategy, Honey Bee Initiative
Anne Magro, Senior Associate Dean for Strategy and Impact, School of Business and Co-Executive Director, Business for a Better World Center, George Mason University
Moderated by: Afroditi Anastasaki, Office of the Executive Director, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)