Deepti Bansal is passionate about sustainable business. "I know it seems counterintuitive," she says, "but I thought that by going into business, I could try to change the business world and turn it into something where the only purpose isn’t to serve profit, but also to serve life."
Through her individualized minor in Business and the Environment, Deepti applied the skills she developed as a business economics major in IU's Kelley School of Business to hands-on sustainability efforts in the cloud forests of Costa Rica. She took courses in conservation biology and policy, community ecology, and business ethics, and was a marketing intern for a small tailoring business. By learning the science behind sustainability, Deepti gained an understanding of how business practices can support environmental goals.
Following her internship experience, Deepti formed the company Punctata Accessories, which sells scarves and headbands made in Costa Rica from 100% recycled materials. The company provides jobs for people in Costa Rica at fair wages, and all profits are donated to local reforestation efforts.
Deepti was nominated to represent Indiana University in Glamour magazine's "Top 10 College Women of the Year" competition due to her leadership with Punctata Accessories and on the IU campus. She hopes to continue working on topics surrounding business and the environment after graduation, when she will go to work full time as a consultant for PwC.
IU student combines passions for sustainability, business
Indiana Daily Student, December 10, 2015