Sustainability and Social Impact

  • Preparing leaders who work toward a socially and environmentally sustainable world

    The Institute for Business in Society partners with many organizations and provides programs, courses and support across the Darden School to advance social entrepreneurship and sustainability initiatives that lead to positive environmental and social change.

    Social Entrepreneurship

    The institute supports social entrepreneurship courses and programs including:

    Field Work in Social Enterprise: Reducing Poverty in Charlottesville Course

    The institute provides support for an innovative new course for U.Va. undergraduate students focused on fostering social enterprise as a path to poverty alleviation. Read more about the course at "Entrepreneurial Dreams Can Beat Local Poverty, U.Va. Class Proposes."

    Impact Business Leaders (IBL)

    The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society and the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation partner with Impact Business Leaders (IBL), an organization that provides career opportunities for professionals looking to develop business solutions that solve major global challenges.

    In collaboration with the Institute for Business in Society and the Batten Institute, IBL offers a two-week training course on social enterprise and impact investing. This program also offers strong connections to the social enterprise space in North America, through the host institutes at UVA. Program and application information is available on the Impact Business Leaders (IBL) website.


    The Institute for Business in Society is one of three sustainability centers affiliated with the Darden School, in addition to the Batten Institute and the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS). Learn more about sustainability at Darden. The Institute for Business in Society is also involved in other sustainability initiatives, including:

    Darden Nonprofit Internship Fund (DNIF)

    The Institute for Business in Society provides support to the Darden Nonprofit Internship Fund, a program funded by both students and the Darden School that helps First Year students defray summer living expenses while pursuing internships with nonprofit organizations.

    Many excellent opportunities exist for MBA internships in the nonprofit and public sectors. Unfortunately, many of these organizations do not have the resources to pay an MBA candidate adequately. This is where the Darden Nonprofit Internship Fund can help.