Gold standing for RSM Graduate Net Impact Chapter

The Graduate Net Impact Chapter of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) was awarded Gold standing, a designation bestowed on top chapters, based on achievements in the past year. The RSM Net Impact Club is part of the RSM MBA Student Association which consists of participants of RSM’s International Full-time MBA programme.

“I’m thrilled that RSM Net Impact is being recognised for its endeavours,” said Binita Ramla, who is the president of the RSM MBA Net Impact Chapter. The South African MBA student is in RSM’s International Full-time MBA Class of 2016. The Net Impact Club consists of a President and officers all from FT MBA16: President Binita Ramla (South Africa) and officers Dedy Purwanto (Indonesia), Anand Moharir (India), Federico Pastorino (Italy), Elvira Berlingieri (Italy), Whitney Krause (USA), Josepha Campla Morales (Chile) and Danah Lee (South Korea). 

Active participation

The RSM Net Impact Club achieved the gold standing because of its broad range of events. It also maintains a strong membership base by constantly engaging with members via social media and blogs, while providing members with access to relevant networking and career opportunities. A significant contribution to the RSM MBA Net Impact Chapter’s Gold standing were last year’s club activities, which were successfully led by former chapter president Rut Perez-Studer and include the Douwe Egberts company competition, the Rotterdam old port urbanisation project tour, and the Unilever company visit on sustainable living plan.

“This year, the chapter collaborated with Sustainable RSM and student association STAR to promote and co-host events held on campus, such as the RSM Sustainability Forum and the Sustainability Career Panel. Chapter members also participated in competitions such as the Hult Prize competition in Dubai, Nespresso Case Challenge in Switzerland, One Planet Sustainability Challenge in the UK, and were present at the Doing Good Doing Well conference hosted by IESE in Barcelona.”


Environmental change

After completing her MBA, the RSM chapter’s president aims to spend her career making a significant impact in her organisation, environment and community. “Net Impact provides me with the tools and network I need to lead positive change in the future,” said Ramla. Within the RSM Net Impact Club, she aims to “transform conventional thinking about sustainability, enough so that members develop a mindset and passion for sustainability, eventually leveraging off the skills and networks they’ve acquired from the club’s activities to effect positive social and environmental change in their careers.” Ramla added that club members are future leaders in their respective industries. “If taking part in Net Impact’s activities inspires members to exercise responsible leadership in their organisations, then that is what would mean the most to me,” she said.

Sustainable business

The Gold standing is determined by the Net Impact organisation, which carefully reviews the annual reporting submitted by the chapter’s president. It must include details about the club’s membership status, budget and funding, events and programmes, chapter collaborations, leadership transitions, web presence and branding.

The three types of Net Impact chapters – undergraduate, graduate, and professional – create local communities for like-minded people interested in positive social and environmental impact. Net Impact chapters host events that are educational and experiential, including speaker panels, professional development workshops, networking events, case competitions, and local conferences. They strive to make positive changes on campus and in the community by running programmes such as pro-bono consulting, campus and community greening initiatives, and non-profit board fellows. The chapters also build connections in the community by collaborating with other Net Impact chapters, forming partnerships with local non-profits and sustainable businesses, and attending the annual Net Impact Conference.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top-tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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