- Case Studies
OASE Interns at B Impact program, Portland State University (PSU)
Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
University: Portland State University
Jacob Taddy and Rachel Mattenberger led the 2018-19 B Impact PSU program, which helps client companies pursue B Corp certification and supports graduate students in learning project management skills.
B Impact PSU is a consulting service for companies engaged in B Corp certification, a points-based system that verifies businesses meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. The student-led program (the PSU chapter of Net Impact), matches businesses with graduate student teams to develop a path to achieve the 80 points necessary to become B Corp certified.
The primary objective of the B Impact program is to support clients in becoming B Corp certified. Another important objective, however, is to provide students a platform to develop competencies emphasized in PSU's MBA program, including project management, leadership, and advancing sustainability and social justice best practices in the private sector.
The 2018-19 B Impact program was led by two OASE interns, Rachel Mattenberger and Jacob Taddy. Consulting team deliverables varied widely by client needs. All student teams supported clients through the B Impact assessment (often developing multiple "path to 80 points" options), identified areas to improve social and environmental impacts, documented current practices, and made recommendations for improvement. Some of the deliverables completed in the program include:
In the 2018-19 academic year, 27 B impact students engaged with 11 client companies. Of these clients, more than 50% achieved 80 or more points on the B Impact assessment and are pending certification. On average, B Impact clients more than doubled their scores while working with student consultants toward certification.
B Impact student consultants evaluated the program highly, with the following statements receiving an average rating of 4.8/5.0:
client companies pending
B Corp certification