Centre for Social Impact

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Centre Initiatives

Centre initiatives

Learn more about the social innovation initiatives we are undertaking at the Centre for Social Impact.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate program

Read about the Certificate in Social Impact, offered to Commerce, MBA and MIB students at Smith School of Business.

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What we do

Research and advice

Smith School of Business faculty and students are engaged in a number of research activities involving business ethics, social responsibility, social innovation, social enterprise and sustainability. Members of the Smith community publish and present their research at leading global forums, receive funding from major funding councils, and engage members of the community in their applied research.


The Centre is devoted to creating a generation of responsible leaders. It fosters leading-edge education in the field of responsible leadership through such initiatives as:

  • The Certificate in Social Impact program for Commerce, MBA and Master of International Business students
  • Hosting its annual Social Impact Summit
  • Offering a variety of Discovery Learning Workshops
  • Hosting Responsible Leadership Speakers Series
  • Holding monthly brown bag sessions
  • The design and provision of learning modules for the MBA, MSc, and PhD programs
  • Support of student-led responsible leadership clubs and events
  • The development of new teaching methods and educational materials
  • New Responsible Leadership Internship Program

Outreach and partnership

The outreach activities of the Centre include a number of partnering efforts with our current sponsors, student organizations and members of the non-profit and social enterprise communities. Our Certificate students provide over 3,000 hours of community service annually and our MBA students engage in pro-bono consulting projects with non-profit community organizations.

Global advocacy for Responsible Leadership

The Centre works on the world stage to better understand the challenges associated with globally responsible leadership, and to develop new educational models for responsible management education.

Smith School of Business is a founding member the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) and was one of the first 100 business schools to sign the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Both of these initiatives are supported through the joint efforts of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the United Nations Global Compact.

Our membership in these initiatives is helping to support the development of the next generation of globally responsible leaders through the development of innovative curriculum and community partnerships.

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