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.

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

Please contact Kellogg Conferences with any questions



Kellogg Public-Private Interface (KPPI)

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April 12, 2019 / White Auditorium

Time Event
8:30 a.m. 
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. 
9:15 a.m. 
Plenary: Innovation and Transformation
Mitchell Toomey, Director of Sustainability, BASF
10:00 a.m. 
Panel: Dialogue on Value Creation
Jeffrey W. Ubben, Founder & CEO, ValueAct Capital
James A. DeNaut, Joint Internal Head of Investment Banking and Head of Investment Banking Americas, Nomura
11:00 a.m. 
11:15 a.m. 
Parallel Workshop I: Business Strategy for Energy Transitions
Diarmuid O'Connell, Chief Strategy Officer, Fair

Parallel Workshop II: Value Chains and Product Design for Climate Change Impact
12:15 p.m. 
1:30 p.m. 
Parallel Workshop III: Carbon Accounting and Reporting

Parallel Workshop IV:  Business Strategy and Execution
Greg Bertelsen, Senior Vice President, Climate Leadership Council
2:30 p.m. 
2:45 p.m. 
Plenary: Risk and Resilience
J. Eric Smith, President, Swiss Re Americas
3:30 p.m. 
Plenary: Carbon Markets and Pricing
Richard L. Sandor, Chairman & CEO, Environmental Financial Products LLC. 
4:30 p.m. 
Closing Remarks
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. 


Upon arriving, park at North Campus Parking Garage (2311 North Campus Drive.) After parking, proceed to the elevator nearest stairwell A or B (south side of the garage) to the first floor. Exit the garage and cross Campus Drive: take the sidewalk to the left (east) of the Searle Building. Continue south, following the signs to the Kellogg Global Hub on the east (left) side of the walkway (Map below). Before leaving the Global Hub, make sure to ask the front desk staff for a validated parking ticket to exit the garage.

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.