USD's Net Impact Chapter Receives Gold Status

Thursday, December 3, 2020

USD's Net Impact Achieves Gold Status
begin quoteGold status gives our chapter a louder voice. We can be featured on a national level which helps us to achieve our mission.

Net Impact San Diego at the University of San Diego School of Business received gold status recognition for their efforts leading to a positive impact on people, planet and profit. 

Net Impact awards gold status to chapters that achieve high standards through programming that aligns with their mission and makes an impact in their community. The combined efforts of USD’s Net Impact members, including students and alumni from across the university, led them to receive gold status for the second time. 

“Gold status gives our chapter a louder voice. We can be featured on a national level which helps us to achieve our mission which is focused on getting the best out of people, sustaining the environment through the decisions we make, and creating profitable and economically viable opportunities,” said Carl-Olivier Dumesle ’21 (MBA), Net Impact vice president of finance.

There are more than 435 Net Impact chapters around the globe. This membership organization is a worldwide movement made up of students and professionals who are focused on building a more just and sustainable world by acting on pressing social and environmental issues through business. 

USD’s chapter is focused on unifying the community, bringing together different businesses that share common goals and working together to create a bigger impact on people, planet and profit. 

The Net Impact chapter at the USD School of Business can be defined as ‘business for good’,” said Kelli Gardner ’21 (MBA), Net Impact chapter president. “We focus a lot on sustainability and ethical leadership.”

Currently, the chapter is working to find solutions to end homelessness in Linda Vista, studying the future of home energy consumption and looking at ways to redistribute food that otherwise would be wasted by local eateries. 

“We interviewed local businesses such as Urbane Cafe, Starbucks, and Rose Donuts to study food waste. We are working to find a way for local eateries to connect with food providers, such as shelters, to distribute food to the homeless and those in need?rather than it going to waste. It’s like the saying goes, ‘a rising tide lifts all boats.’ We work with that in mind,” said Dumesle.

Once gold status is achieved, it needs to be maintained. This year, the coronavirus pandemic has brought challenges.

“Recruitment and public exposure is more difficult as we are a social organization. Quarantine has made it more of a challenge. Projects can still be executed but the concern is recruiting new members,” said Dumesle. 

The Net Impact chapter at USD is now a part of the USD School of Business’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department. They are collaborating with groups across campus, such as undergraduate student organizations and the Graduate Business Student Association, to attract more members and continue efforts that are in line with this year’s Net Impact theme: Reimagining Capitalism.

“Now that we are part of the USD Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department, I see us growing quite a bit,” said Gardner. “We are already the largest graduate student organization within the USD School of Business, and with this additional help, we will be able to put on even more events supporting the local community and homelessness within San Diego.”

The chapter is already planning on submitting a report to the City of San Diego to propose their solutions to end homelessness in Linda Vista and will continue their efforts to distribute usable food to help those in need. 

Looking toward 2021, the Net Impact chapter forges ahead, using business as a force for good.


— Victoria Johnson


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