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Show Us Your Impact: Apply for The Force for Change Award

We know Net Impact members like you are out there championing campus recycling efforts, leading workplace volunteer programs, offering pro-bono consulting services to nonprofits, and more. Now it’s time to applaud your success!

Formerly known as the Net Impact Challenge, The Force for Change Award recognizes Net Impact members who have engaged in environmental or social impact projects in the last year. Our award is specifically focused on grassroots efforts — projects led by undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals from the ground up. A panel of sustainability gurus will choose winners based on the measurable impact of projects, as well as qualitative impact, creativity, and long-term sustainability.

What change have you or your chapter led this year? Let us know, get recognized, and inspire others.

>> Find out more about The Force for Change Award

>> Download an application (.doc) — due June 11, 2010

Save the Date and Get Involved in the 2010 Net Impact Conference

Already looking forward to the 2010 Net Impact Conference? We invite you to save the date for our 18th annual event, which will be hosted by University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business on October 28-30.

The Net Impact Conference has become a world-class event on all topics related to corporate responsibility, sustainability, international development, and more. We’re thrilled to bring this signature event to the Ross School of Business, one of Net Impact’s strongest chapters. We expect over 2,500 students, professionals, and speakers to join us in Ann Arbor this fall, and we hope you’ll be among them.

>> Sign up to receive email updates about registration, speakers, and more

>> Bookmark the 2010 Net Impact Conference website for latest news

We are currently accepting session proposals, speaker interest forms, and exhibitors.

>> Find out how to submit a session proposal or speaker interest form

>> Learn more about exhibiting

Get involved with the Impact at Work Program

The Impact at Work program develops and supports a community of Net Impact social intrapreneurs who leverage their business skills and ideals to make a positive difference in their workplace.

It’s easy for your members to get involved and stay informed:

  • Check out our guide Making Your Impact at Work which provides detailed case studies from over a dozen social intrapreneurs in Net Impact’s network
  • Encourage your members to join one of our Action in Learning calls. These calls provide the opportunity for intrapreneurs to discuss Impact at Work project ideas and challenges
  • Check out our website for project ideas and resources to guide your chapter members in making change in their workplace

If you have any questions, please email Britta Durtsche at

Jumpstart Your Grassroots Sustainability Work

Tuesday, May 11
10:00am PDT / 1:00pm EDT / 5:00pm GMT

Join the monthly Impact at Work Action Learning call to gain insights from other Net Impact professional members on driving positive social and environmental change from the bottom up. Come prepared with the challenges you are facing in your organization, and you’ll leave the conversation with some helpful advice to move forward.

>> Register for the call
>> Email Britta Durtsche at with questions

Next Issues in Depth Call

Conscious Capitalism: Catalyzing the Power of Business for the Greater Good
Wednesday, April 21
9:00am PDT / 12:00pm EDT/ 4:00pm GMT

Jeff Klein, CEO and Chief Activation Officer at Working for Good, will discuss the foundations of Conscious Capitalism and the Conscious Business Model, showing how businesses can be a more powerful force for the greater good through conscious design and action.

>> Register for the Call

Other Upcoming Issues in Depth Calls

From Stakeholders to Strategy: Using Materiality Analysis to Guide Sustainability Strategy and Communications
Friday, April 23
9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT / 4:00 pm GMT

Materiality analysis can be tremendously effective in narrowing down the vast array of issues that fall under the sustainability umbrella into a manageable — and meaningful — subset for a company to pursue. Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, Principal at Framework:CR, will explore a basic materiality process and look at how companies such as Intel, Ford, and Holcim have benefited from their customized application of this analytic tool.

Partnering with the Private Sector for Development
Wednesday, April 28
9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT / 4:00 pm GMT

Creating dual returns — social and financial dividends — is increasingly a focus of foreign direct investment (FDI) in many emerging markets. In this call, Erin Mote, Manager for Resource Development at CHF International, will focus on modalities for engaging the private sector in cultivation of these markets.

Why Do We Need Physical Space to Collaborate When We Have the Web?
Friday, May 7
9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT / 4:00 pm GMT

Ryan Fix, Founder of PUREPROJECT, describes his organization as a series of innovation hubs that support values-driven ventures and initiatives. Join this call to learn more about the projects he’s supported and PUREPROJECT’s unique approach to sustainability and social change.

>> Sign up for upcoming Issues in Depth calls