The Carlson School chapter of Net Impact hosted social business entrepreneur David Robinson (son of baseball hall-of-famer Jackie Robinson) to explore how emerging business leaders can create social change through profitable enterprise. Robinson shared his experience fostering economic development in Africa through sustainable agriculture with a captive audience of MBA students on September 22.
Robinson is the founder and managing director of Higher Ground Development, an organization that works directly with coffee cooperatives in Africa to maximize farmers' profits. In 1998, David also founded Up-Country International Products Inc., the sole distributor and marketer of Sweet Unity Farms Coffee. He serves on the board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation—an organization that his mother, Rachel Robinson, founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his achievements.
About Net Impact
Carlson Net Impact is a student-run organization that inspires, educates, and equips individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Its members are part of a global network of students and professionals pursuing careers or initiatives in corporate responsibility, social ventures, non-profit management, international development, and environmental sustainability. Net Impact is an international non-profit organization with omore than 240 chapters on six continents and thousands of professional, graduate, and undergraduate members.