From SRB to Net Impact: The highlights of our year

By: Rachel Stanton

Over the last year, Students for Responsible Business has transformed into an entirely new and revamped organization… Literally. Starting with our rebranding, we changed our logo from the well known SRB tree to the globally recognized Net Impact emblem. We are rebranding SRB in order to expand our network and join the national Net Impact community of leaders. While our appearance changed, our mission and goals did not.  This year we hosted many speakers, including the President of the Campbell’s Soup Foundation, President of the Comcast Foundation, and Aramark’s VP of Corporate Affairs. When we weren’t hosting speakers, our members could be found tabling in the Alter Hall lobby or volunteering at the Uber Street Garden. During the spring semester, we had the unique opportunity to partner with Mugshots Coffeehouse, where we hosted a fundraiser including live music and free giveaways to support Temple’s Office of Sustainability with an iPad raffle for students. We spent most of the spring semester planning for our biggest event, The Better Business Conference, where a diverse group of local and national companies showcased their initiatives towards corporate social responsibility. Students had the opportunity to network with these companies, taste their organic food, and learn how a responsible business is conducted.  The event was a huge success and the companies were delighted to see how educated and interested our students are when it comes to sustainability. We also made progress with our Fair Trade Committee, adding an internship position to further promote Fair Trade within our organization and throughout Temple’s campus. To top off our busy year, we were recently named one of five Net Impact chapters to receive silver standing, one of Net Impact’s highest achievements for organizations committed to making social and environmental change. This year gave us the momentum to keep setting new goals and expanding our network, so look out for us on campus next semester because we have an exciting and busy year planned ahead!