Yale School of Management | Groups

For SOM’s Net Impact chapter, social impact encompasses all economic activity that is conducted at least in part for the explicit benefit of human society. The SOM Net Impact chapter is particularly concerned with social, ethical and environmental issues related to the conduction of business.

SOM Net Impact is the umbrella organization for all students who want to use their MBA skills to promote positive social and environmental change. As such, SOM Net Impact is a resource for both students who are interested in careers in social impsct as well as for students who are interested in exploring the field and pursuing personal interests during their time at SOM. 

The taxonomy below delineates how we define “the social sector” at Yale. To develop this taxonomy, we looked at the major fields of business-social sector practice in which students should be prepared to work outside of the School of Management. We looked at industry leaders (BSR, Beyond Grey Pinstripes, The Foundation Center, Ashoka, B Corporation) for guidance on segmenting the major areas of activity in the social sector. We also kept in mind areas that current students have mentioned are fields in which they are interested in working. 

Yale SOM Net Impact Social Sector Taxonomy

I. Corporate Social Responsibility

Course examples: LAW 21680 Ethical, Legal, Social Responsibility: Investors, MGT 661 Transnational Corporations & Human Rights

By Issue Area:

                  Climate & Energy Management  

                  Human Rights Strategy & Implementation

                  Local Sustainable Performance

                  Reporting and Communications

                  Stakeholder Engagement

                  Supply Chain Management


By Industry:

                  Consumer Products


                  Financial Services

                  Food, Beverage, Agriculture

Information and Communications Technology


                  Media & Entertainment

                  Transport & Logistics

                  Travel & Tourism

II.  Philanthropy and Social Investing

Course example: MGT 849: Impact Investing

III.  Public Sector

Course example: MGT 585: Wall Street and Washington: Markets, Policy, and Politics

IV.  Social Enterprise / Nonprofit Management

Course example: MGT 621 Managing Social Enterprises

V. Economic Development

Course example: MENG 491 Appropriate Technology for the Developing World

  • Microenterprise
  • Income Generation 
  • Urban development
  • BOP in emerging markets 

VI.  Financial Services

Course example:  MGT 546 Mobile Banking Models for Developed and Emerging Markets

  • Impact Investing
  • Consumer Protection

VII.  Agriculture / Food Systems

Course example: EVST 349: Urbanization, Food Systems and the Environment, MGT 686: Strategies for Land Conservation