AUNE’s Net Impact chapter has been awarded Silver status by the international Net Impact organization. Only 15 percent of the network’s worldwide chapters earned the coveted distinction this year. With the new rating, AUNE now ranks among the top graduate chapters in the world to advance social and environmental sustainability through business—in a category that includes Carnegie Mellon University, Babson College, and the University of California—Berkeley.
Net Impact, based in San Francisco, is a global network of more than ten thousand emerging, young leaders committed to using the power of business to create positive social change. The organization, primarily through its professional and graduate chapters, provides a wide range of programs, events, and activities to equip members for the task.
AUNE’s Net Impact chapter was founded in 2007 by Organizational and Environmental Sustainability MBA students. Membership is open to all Organization and Management students. MBA candidates John Costa and Sasha Purpura co-chair the group, which earned the Silver rating by successfully launching multiple initiatives during the past year. Those included film presentations and discussions, guest speakers and performers, and luncheons for students to share ideas.
According to Polly Chandler, chair of AUNE’s Department of Organization and Management and director of the MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability program, achieving Silver status so early in the chapter’s history is incredible, especially for a non-residential program. “If you look at the Silver listing, you’ll see that we’re playing with some of the big MBA guns. We’re not playing in the Little League. I’m thrilled for our students.”
Congratulations to John and Sasha and to the AUNE Net Impact team.