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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation (RICSI)?

The RICSI is an innovative institute at the Rutgers Business School, one of the United States' longest-standing, largest, most diverse public universities. We are establishing world-class curricula and educational programs while engaging in outreach to instill current and future leaders with the knowledge and motivation to integrate social innovation into their business models and practices.

What do you mean by Corporate Social Innovation?

When we use that term, we are describing the integration of business strategy with the concepts of:

  • Giving back to society (philanthropy, CSR, corporate volunteering)
  • Aligning profit and purpose (shared value, purpose-driven leadership)
  • Engaging in responsible business practices (ESG, paying a living wage, DEI, stakeholder capitalism)
  • Advocating for social issues (advocacy, activism, cross-sector partnerships)

What's unique about what you do?

First, we leverage the nation's most diverse campus and one of its largest business schools to gain unparalleled diversity of perspectives and experiences.

Second, our approach integrates our four focus areas into a corporation's existing business strategies to uniquely yield both synergies and impact.

How do you do what you do?

Through student development, academic partnerships, and the spread of information that serves as a catalyst for action, we educate current and new generations of business leaders.