The mission for The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is to create beneficial social impact in Australia through teaching, research, measurement and the promotion of public debate.

CSI is part of the University's and the Business School's commitment to strengthen civil society through helping build the capacity of the community benefit sector.

Not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises face unique leadership and management challenges.

They need to maintain strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and create ongoing partnerships with businesses committed to corporate responsibility in order to transform philanthropy into social investment.

Under the leadership of Centre Director Paul Flatau CSI brings together the business, government, philanthropic and third (not-for-profit) sectors, in a collaborative effort to build community capacity and generate social innovation.

Together they respond to the rapidly evolving needs of business, government, the third sector, the emerging framework of social investment, the developing challenges of corporate responsibility and sustainability.

On 22 May 2015, CSI and EMI co-hosted a public lecture 'The Pillars of Responsible Mining'. 

On 1-2 December 2014, CSI hosted The 3rd Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference (IBECC).