The Sustainable Business & Social Impact (SBSI) conference is hosted by the Net Impact Club at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. It is the largest event of its kind in the Southeast and the largest student-led conference at Fuqua. The event explores rapidly evolving opportunities in the fields of social impact and sustainability to bring positive and sustainable change.

Each year, the conference brings together hundreds of attendees and speakers from the public, private, and social sectors to discuss innovative business models, collaborations and partnerships, and ideas that are creating lasting impact around the world.

For more information visit the SBSI website here.

Full agenda available here.

2023 Agenda

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
Durham, NC

8:30-9am: Registration & Breakfast

9am – 9:15am: Welcome by Conference Co-Directors

9:15 – 9:55am: Morning Keynote Conversation

10am – 11am: Deep Dive Sessions

  • Future of Water: With rising temperatures, rainfall patterns will change, upending countries’ access to water. Industries from agriculture to energy will be disrupted. In this panel, hear from industry experts about how these changes will impact vulnerable communities and how plans to adapt will potentially reshape industries across the United States.
  • Building an Inclusive Workplace: Inclusion is often talked about as key to company cultures and the future of work, but what does building an inclusive workplace actually demand? Who defines what inclusive means and feels like? What is the ROI for inclusion at work and how can it drive better business outcomes? What can employees at every level of the firm, not just leaders, do to create inclusion? In this panel, we’ll hear from business leaders and practitioners who will share best practices and tactical advice for building inclusion in an ever more polarized world.

11am – 11:30am: Coffee & Networking Break

11:30am – 12:30pm: Deep Dive Sessions

  • Leveraging Social Procurement for Lasting Social Impact: The pandemic and geopolitical conflicts have created unprecedented disruptions to global supply chains. At the same time, supply chains provide a unique impact lever for companies to create a competitive advantage while doing good. Social procurement has become an innovative way to build resilience in supply chains while empowering SMEs and supporting livelihoods in emerging markets. This Deep Dive will discuss existing strategies for social procurement and how to expand the model.
  • Corporate ‘Intrepreneurship’ and Impact: More than 700 of the largest 2000 publicly traded companies have made net zero commitments. However, the majority have not, leaving employees responsible for sparking impact-driven change within their organizations. In this panel, we’ll meet with business and non-profit leaders to discuss the importance of intrapreneurship to drive organizational change and proven techniques for making a difference today.
  • Rethinking the “Iron Triangle: Innovations in Healthcare Access, Cost, and Quality: In 1994, Dr. William Kissick famously introduced the “Iron Triangle” concept –the idea that healthcare access, cost, and quality cannot be simultaneously improved. This panel will examine this concept from the lens of health care in emerging markets. Many low and middle-income countries continue to face challenges in delivering essential drugs, medicines, and healthcare services to patients. How can businesses drive innovation to ensure that women have access to essential maternal health and family planning services, children are receiving vaccination and treatment for severe childhood illnesses, and all patients are protected against deadly infectious diseases and future pandemic threats?

12:30 – 1:45: Lunch & Networking

1:45 – 2:15pm: Kirby Award Ceremony

2:15 – 3pm: Afternoon Keynote

3pm – 3:15pm: Thank You & Conference Wrap-Up

3:30pm – 5pm: Networking Happy Hour