Social Impact

Creating hope for people and advancing change for a flourishing world

As a business school that strives to be a source of value for a better world, social impact is embedded in the our DNA. Our mission is to develop responsible leaders who positively impact society, which informs everything we do: our teaching and learning, research, and how we operate. In becoming stewards of society, alumni and staff have made significant impacts on business practices, public opinion, and policy formation in Africa and across the globe.

Focus Areas

  • Responsible Leadership
  • Non-profit Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Development Finance
  • Futures Studies
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • International Organisational Leadership

Teaching and Learning

Businesses create social impacts by virtue of operating, but not all social impacts are intentional. In response, our curricula are designed to prepare leaders who can strategically guide organisations that are self-aware and serve stakeholders, not just shareholders. Stellenbosch Business School courses address ethics, responsibility, and sustainability within the core curriculum. For students and staff passionate about social impact, we offer additional courses and opportunities to dig deeper into social impact issues.

Sample courses include:

  • Business in Society
  • Leadership Development
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Ethics and Sustainability
  • Leadership, Transformation, and Inclusivity
  • Leadership and Society
  • Leading Strategy in NPOs
  • Understanding the World
  • Economic Development Perspectives in Africa
  • Public Policy and Leadership
  • Environmental Finance
  • Public Sector Finance

Student opportunities

Social Engagement Project:

  • MBA student assignment engaging with NPOs
  • Mentoring Small Business Academy entrepreneurs
  • International Study Module
  • Research Assignments

Small Business Academy

The Small Business Academy aims to improve the businesses, and therefore the lives, of small business owners from low-income communities. This is achieved through the nine-month SBA Development Programme, which is currently delivered in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

USB works with corporate and public-sector sponsors and other stakeholders to deliver this programme. The main (Gold) sponsors are Distell and the Joe Gqabi Economic Development Agency (JoGEDA). Absa is another sponsor in the Western Cape and Silulu Ulutho Technologies from Khayelitsha is a founding sponsor. The SBA was launched in 2012.


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Dr Armand Bam
Head of Social Impact
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 918 4252

Bontle Mali
Social Impact Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 918 4178