Sustainability Essentials for Leaders

Strategies and Tools for Business Transformation

Incorporating sustainable business practices impacts every facet of a firm's operations—from manufacturing to logistics to service and everything in between. And while new regulatory and compliance issues may seem overwhelming or restrictive, leading executives and board members recognize that financial success and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. We are at an inflection point for the adoption of sustainable products, services and operations, but not all leaders have the tools to take advantage of this opportunity.

In Kellogg Executive Education's new program on sustainability, you'll identify significant opportunities to integrate sustainability into your business practices. Senior faculty from Kellogg and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University will provide you with the tools to assess, plan and act on sustainability commitments for your organization, allowing you to drive growth while reducing risk. Plus, you'll visit the world-class Shedd Aquarium for an up-close look at an iconic Chicago institution leading the way with their innovative solutions and measurable sustainability commitments.

Developing and implementing sustainable business practices can benefit both business and the planet at large – the time is now to create impactful and profitable change.


VIDEO: Learn more from the program faculty.


VIDEO: Learn more from Co-Academic Director Holly Benz


VIDEO: Learn more from Kellogg Professor Klaus Weber

Who Should Attend

  • C-suite executives, current and aspiring board members, senior leadership team members and business unit leaders who want to develop a firm understanding of the key concepts of sustainability
  • Leaders who wish to implement sustainability strategies to manage risk and capture opportunities for their organization

Key Benefits

  • Build a fundamental understanding of the most important topics for businesses that wish to operate in more sustainable ways
  • Understand how sustainability is creating both new risks and new opportunities
  • Learn the language of sustainability, ESG reporting and how to communicate authentically with a variety of stakeholders
  • Understand the regulatory, compliance and market forces related to sustainability that will impact your business
  • Gain insights on the technologies that have the potential to make the greatest impact
  • Understand best practices in implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy
  • Determine how a focus on sustainability can create value, drive growth and differentiate your organization 

Program Content

The Relevance of Sustainability for Business

  • Overview of Sustainability
  • The Strategic Opportunity
  • Accelerating the Shift Toward Sustainability

Key Technologies and Strategies to Drive Sustainability

  • Decarbonization and Opportunity Areas
  • Best Practices in Sustainability
  • Implications for Your Industry

Transforming Into a Sustainable Enterprise

  • ESG Reporting – Purpose and Mandates
  • ESG Investing and Sustainability Communications
  • Setting Sustainability Goals
  • Organizational Readiness and Potential Pitfalls
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Integrating a Sustainability Change Program


Holly Benz - Co-Academic Director; Clinical Associate Professor & Director of the Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES) at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) at Northwestern University

Meghan Busse - Co-Academic Director; Associate Professor of Strategy

Klaus Weber - Professor of Management & Organizations - Managing Sustainability Transformations and Sustainability Across the Enterprise; deputy director of the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Aaron Yoon - Assistant Professor of Accounting & Information Management; ESG Investing and Sustainability Reporting

Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

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