Sustainable Business Engagement and Outreach

Business for Good

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University is committed to advancing sustainable business practices that promote responsible management of economic, social, and natural resources. Each year, the college hosts Business for Good, an educational summit for students, faculty and invited guests to learn why sustainable business matters to us all.

Global Opportunities Conference

The annual Global Opportunities Conference highlights innovative and entrepreneurial ways of addressing global challenges. The conference goal is to inspire students, faculty and the local community to use their knowledge and skills in the business of building a better world.

The 2019 conference will bring 2014 Nobel peace laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, to campus to speak on his work to end child labor. Mr. Satyarthi and the grassroots movement founded by him, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), have liberated more than 87,000 children from exploitation and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation. He has been at the forefront of driving child-related agendas into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has also highlighted the need of governments to prioritize the child related SDGs and put children first.

Sustainable Business Careers

Knowledge of triple bottom line accounting and an interest in sustainable business are becoming increasingly relevant in the job market. Students with a minor in sustainable business or an interest in working for B Companies or other organizations that are motivated by more than profit have increasingly more jobs from which to choose. Learn more on the Walker College's BB&T Student Leadership Center's site.

Walker College International Programs

The Walker College of Business encourages students to study abroad and provides a variety of short-term international programs designed to develop international business skills and intercultural knowledge.  Most programs with a specific emphasis on sustainable business are listed with the course designator BUS 3055. For a full list of upcoming faculty-led programs, visit the "international" tab on this webpage. The 2018-19 faculty-led programs with a sustainability emphasis are:

  •  BUS 3055/MBA 5020 -  Australia: Energy and Environment  focuses on two challenges facing Australia: energy generation and environmental stewardship, within the framework of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. This program is open to MBA, Honors and undergraduate students.
  • HOS 3535 – Voluntourism in Costa Rica explores the realm of volunteer tourism, a form of tourism that continues to grow throughout the world. Volunteer activities will include working with a sea turtle tagging program in the Osa Region,  assisting at a mangrove reforestation nursery, working at a local dog spaying clinic, and lending a hand at a women's cooperative recycling center.  Course material will be focused on the many aspects of volunteer tourism as well as the various ways to ensure it is done in a sustainable way that benefits local communities. This program is open to  Honors and undergraduate students.

Student Organizations

  • AIESEC is an international, non-for-profit, non-political organization run by students and recent graduates at institutions of higher education across 125 countries & territories. Our platform provides our members with an integrated development experience comprised of leadership opportunities, international internships & volunteer experiences, and a global learning environment. Our local chapter of AIESEC, here at Appalachian State University, works to send students from our campus & the surrounding area on exchange, as well as bringing students & recent graduates from around the world into the local area on professional internships.
  • Enactus is a global nonprofit organization that provides a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people's own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods. Guided by educators and supported by business leaders, Enactus students take the kind of entrepreneurial approach that empowers people to be a part of their own success. The work Enactus students perform not only transforms the lives of the people served, but in turn, also transforms the lives of the participating students as they develop into more effective, values-driven leaders.
  • Executive Impact provides opportunities for professional growth to the community of MBA students at Appalachian, including networking, learning from regional professionals, and serving the community. Through these opportunities, the club promotes a space for integrity, philanthropy, insight, networking, and balance to be at the forefront.

Alternative Service Experiences

Alternative Service Experiences allow students at Appalachian the opportunity to explore a variety of social issues while working with communities across the globe. These opportunities create deeper connections between classroom instruction and the communities of the world.