Providing a Pathway for Future Impact Leaders


About Business+Impact

Download BI BrochureHow 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:

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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

Logo of the UN sustainable development goals 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.

Visit our SDG page for complete info.

How can you make an impact with your Ross degree?