Providing a Pathway for Future Impact Leaders


About Business+Impact

How can you, as a changemaker, prepare to make a difference in the world? We face unprecedented challenges, from climate change and rising inequality to access to water, education, and health care. The economy is going through a generational re-organization driven by technology, globalization, and political upheaval. These challenges and opportunities cut across boundaries, and we need people like you who can collaborate across disciplines and professions. 

Michigan Ross has always embraced the belief in business as a force for good. Business+Impact is a new school-wide initiative at Michigan Ross aimed at making the school a progressive source of ideas and solutions for how business can address the global challenges of our time. We aim to embed impact into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but part of the DNA of our business school. 

Through the curriculum, the Ross Centers & Institutes, and impact-oriented clubs and convenings, Ross Business+Impact is an idea that cuts across business, and indeed across campus.

Business+Impact can help you find your calling:
  • Through our Impact Gateway, you’ll learn how to navigate a path through the broad landscape of impact opportunities found at U-M and ultimately pursue a career where you can make a difference.
  • Through Ross’ partnerships and joint degree programs on campus, you’ll work in multidisciplinary teams, work with top thought leaders, and implement straight-to-market plans with community organizations.
  • In Centers & Institutes and B+I’s Impact Studio, you can engage in short-term, deep-dive projects for the greater good.
  • Embedded in your MBA or BBA course curriculum at Ross you can map your pathway toward an impact career.


How can you become part of Michigan Ross’ mission to be the most progressive source of ideas and solutions to pressing challenges?

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Although launched in 2018, the B+I vision was preceded by several Ross programs, centers, and initiatives that pioneered change.

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Are you a student, U-M constituent, or community changemaker? Contact us and learn how you can partner with us.

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“I believe that business has the power and responsibility to impact the world in a positive way. I am proud that B+I supports businesses and other organizations as they strive to address the grand challenges of our time.”

— Francine LaFontaine
Associate Dean of Business+Impact

One Way to Measure Impact: The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Click on any specific Goal below to learn more about each issue.

Goal 1: No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
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Goal 2: Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security & improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
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Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
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Goal 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive & equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
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Goal 5: Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality, and empower all women and girls.
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Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
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Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
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Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Promote sustained inclusive economic growth, full productive employment, decent work for all
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Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation
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Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.
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Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
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Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
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Goal 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
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Goal 14: Life Below Water

Conserve & sustainably use the oceans, sea and marine resources for sustainable development.
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Goal 15: Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, forests and reverse desertification & degradation.
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Goal 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful inclusive societies, with justice for all and build effective, accountable institutions everywhere.
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Goal 17: Partnerships

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
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How can you make an impact with your Ross degree?