About Social Impact

Social Impact Definition

We define social impact as: The evaluable change in outcomes caused directly or indirectly by Stellenbosch Business School, intended or otherwise, over measured period of time.

By evaluable, we mean credible and reliable, which requires that the causal chain leading to a change in outcomes can be credibly and reliably demonstrated.
Impacts have a range of dimensions that should be considered when determining what they are.
They include:

  • Immediate vs delayed
  • Direct vs indirect
  • Simple vs multiplier
  • Measurable vs non-measurable

(Source: EFMD Global BSIS)
Our definition of social impact is embedded in the logic model framework, in which efforts lead to effects.

Stellenbosch Business School’s social impact

Our vision is to seek a balanced, inclusive, fair, and just society. In order to collectively achieve this vision, we are dedicated to three core pillars that focus Stellenbosch Business School’s work:

  1. To produce research and thought leadership that impacts on business practices, public opinion, and policy formation; 
  2. That our stakeholders (including students, alumni, staff, businesses, government, and the community) create outstanding public value and positive social impact; andTo produce research and thought leadership that impacts on business practices, public opinion, and policy formation;
    That our stakeholders (including students, alumni, staff, businesses, government, and the community) create outstanding public value and positive social impact; and
    That our students become responsible leaders and stewards of society.
  3. That our students become responsible leaders and stewards of society.

As social impact is embedded within the mission of Stellenbosch Business School, when we report on our social impact, we report on:

  1. The effectiveness of our core business of teaching and learning, research, and citizenship, and 
  2. The results of specific, purpose-driven activities and initiatives.

Sustainable Development Goals

Stellenbosch Business School’s efforts to create positive social impact align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework for the United Nation’s agenda to “create peace and prosperity for people and the planet.” [https://sdgs.un.org/goals] Adopted in 2015 by all UN member nations, the SDGs enable organisations and governments to assess how and in what ways their work is contributing to, or detracting from, a peaceful and prosperous planet.

At the core of our ability to contribute to the SDGs is its development of responsible leaders who act as stewards of society, as was found in a 2019 study that mapped Stellenbosch Business School against the SDGs to better understand its advancement of the SDGs.

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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