Sean Jackson, a second-year UCLA undergraduate student, is a 2017-2018 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholar (SLA GC-URSP). As part of this course students are matched with faculty for one year of research experience. Sean was matched with associate professor of management, Magali Delmas (UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability; UCLA Anderson School of Management). For his research project, he is studying businesses that promote sustainable practices—specifically companies that have a social mission, such as Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s.
These for-profit companies are certified by B Lab — a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Corporations that are organized as “benefit corporations” and that meet the B Lab rigorous standards for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency are may apply to be “certified B Corporations.” Jackson said that looking at certified B Corps has given him more insight on how small, sustainability-oriented companies can influence and positively impact the business practices of larger companies.
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Experience
“In doing this [research,] I have learned a lot about really cool opportunities in the social entrepreneurship world,” Jackson said. “It is definitely something that, before this, I had not really considered but now is a big part of what I think I may want to do in the future.”
Jackson said the project has made him more inclined to practice mindful consumerism and even seek employment with an enterprise with a strong social mission.
Sean Jackson is part of the 2017-2018 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (SLA GC-URSP). For more information about other student research projects, click here.
The SLA GC URSP is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year through Thursday, May 31, 2018. To learn more, click here.