Kellogg on Sustainability: The Business of Climate Change

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

Climate change is one of humanity’s grand challenges, global in scale and with far-reaching effects on the lives of current and future generations. Business leaders increasingly recognize that climate change will transform the economy by both destroying and creating economic value. Regardless of how governments respond, the challenge of climate change mitigation and adaptation at a global scale requires accelerated action. It creates opportunity for new models of public-private partnerships on local, regional, national, and international levels. Business responses to climate change are thus no longer limited to corporate social responsibility, but material to the financial well-being and long term viability of firms and their stakeholders. This conference focuses on the far-reaching consequences that arise from this realization.
The challenge for businesses today is how to integrate climate change considerations into core business processes and decisions, from market strategy and product development to operational and financial control. This event brings together thought leaders from business and policy perspectives to discuss advanced, practical solutions.

The Kellogg School of Management and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) are pleased to co-host this conference on April 12, 2019 at Northwestern University’s Evanston, IL campus.

This conference is being supported by the Exelon Sustainability Seminar Series Fund at Kellogg. The Series brings together Northwestern faculty and other sustainability experts to examine issues of relevance in the field of sustainability.

Who will attend?

Attendance is by invitation only. Participants will include decision makers across industries and business functions for whom climate change is, or will be, relevant. This includes experts in corporate sustainability, operations and supply chain, finance, business and product development, or marketing, as well as entrepreneurs.

Why attend?

A combination of panels, keynotes and workshops will foster engaged conversation in an intimate and safe setting. Relevant questions include,
  • How does climate change impact the way I run my business? 
  • What responses do investors, policy makers and consumers expect from businesses as they make decisions? 
  • What are best practices for business leaders to integrate climate change into enterprise-wide decision making?

April 12, 2019

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Conference Organizers

Demetria Giannisis

Demetria Giannisis

Demetria Giannisis leads ISEN’s operations, including strategy and partnership development to advance the Institute’s global research, education, and stakeholder engagement mission. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Klaus Weber

Klaus Weber is an Professor of Management & Organizations at Kellogg School of Management. He is also affiliated with the Department of Sociology, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies and the Northwestern Institute for Sustainability and Energy.
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April 12, 2019 / White Auditorium

Time Event
8:30 a.m. 
Registration & Breakfast
Location: French Quarter, Second Floor
9:00 a.m. 
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Klaus Weber, Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management
9:15 a.m. 
Innovation Opportunities and Business Transformation
Mitchell Toomey, Director of Sustainability, BASF
Facilitator: Klaus Weber
10:00 a.m. 
A Dialogue on Value Creation in the Anthropocene
Jeffrey W. Ubben, Founder & CEO, ValueAct Capital
James A. DeNaut, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nomura Securities International, Inc. 

Meghan Busse, Associate Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

11:00 a.m. 
11:30 a.m. 
Sustainable Value Chains for CPG Companies
Christina Montenegro McGrath, VP & Chief Global Impact, Mondelēz International
Facilitator: Demetria Giannisis, ISEN Managing Director, Northwestern University
12:30 p.m. 
1:30 p.m. 
Materiality in Sustainability Reporting
Location: Seminar Room 4101, Fourth Floor
Anton Gorodniuk, Sector Analyst, Financials, SASB
Facilitator: Aaron Yoon, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Kellogg School of Management

Strategy and Execution for Energy Transitions
Location: White Auditorium, Second Floor
Kevin Self, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations, Schneider Electric
Facilitator: Jeff Henderson, ISEN Associate Director
2:30 p.m. 
2:45 p.m. 
Climate Risk and Resilience
J. Eric Smith, President, Swiss Re Americas
Facilitator: Demetria Giannisis
3:30 p.m. 
The Past, Present and Future of Carbon Markets
Richard L. Sandor, Chairman & CEO, American Financial Exchange (AFX)
Facilitator: Mark Finn, Clinical Professor of Accounting, Kellogg School of Management
4:30 p.m. 
Conference Wrap-Up
Demetria Giannisis & Klaus Weber
4:45 p.m. 


Getting Here & Parking

Kellogg Global Hub
2211 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. Pre-arranged rides start at approximately $35 from O’Hare and $50 from Midway. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly. 


Click here for directions to the Kellogg Global Hub. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Where to Stay

A group block has been secured at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore / Evanston, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201. 

Once you have registered for the conference, please click this link and use the code DKSM to reserve your hotel room or call the Hilton Garden Inn at +1-847-475-6400 and identify yourself as part of the Kellogg on Sustainability: The Business of Climate Change Conference. The cut off date for this block of rooms is March 27.