Georgetown students have the opportunity to engage in consulting projects with innovative, impact-minded companies. Students gain invaluable hands-on experience to help build their career, while providing the companies creative problem solving that helps the companies tackle critical issues for their success.
Impossible Foods (maker of the Impossible Burger) is on a mission to restore biodiversity and reduce the impact of climate change by transforming the global food system. Impossible has engaged Georgetown students in a three month project to raise awareness about Impossible products among college-age students and recent graduates by creating, executing, and analyzing sampling strategies. Sampling is a marketing activity that enables people to try Impossible Foods products before buying. Teams of Georgetown students are working with on-campus and off-campus/D.C.-based restaurants on these projects and will present their final results to Impossible Foods.
Certified B Corporations (B Corps) are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. More and more companies want to become B Corps, as a result of shifts in consumer demand, the desire for increased employee retention, business leader belief in the importance of “doing well by doing good,”, and other factors. Georgetown students are partnering with local organization Bethesda Green to consult with a D.C.-area business that seeks to become a B Corp, with the students taking on projects related to environmental management systems, water conservation, and corporate governance.
Nando’s Peri Peri, a large casual dining chain located in 35 countries and based in South Africa, wants to help its employees thrive and increase their resilience and professional capabilities. It’s efforts have included providing private health care, school savings schemes, and flexible and guaranteed working hours, functional, management and leadership training, and opportunities for career progression. Georgetown students are taking in the lead in gathering and analyzing critical information from Nando’s employees in the D.C.-area. Business for Impact is partnering on this work with Impact Amplifier, a Cape Town-based advisory firm focused on supporting the impact business and investment ecosystem in Southern Africa.