Mobilising your people

in the face of climate change.

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The climate crisis needs more than the targets set by company boards. It needs the transformation of our businesses, systems and societies.

When it comes to the subject of climate change and the radical transition it requires, many of us wonder what on earth, quite literally, we can do.

For us, the answer is simple: mobilising employees. They have a platform for change and a professional role in which to act. All they need is the resources and mandate to do so. With these conditions in place, a new corporate culture can emerge; one that generates climate solutions faster than ever before, on a scale that is commensurate with the threat we face.

The Climate School helps leading companies inspire and empower their employees to respond to climate change.

Our vision is for each employee, in every role, to be informed and motivated enough to play their part in their company’s climate action

The Climate SchoolTM is designed for companies whose boards have uniformly committed to climate action, and those considering doing so. The climate crisis calls for a “winning team”; with purpose-driven, inherently collaborative and innovative responses to a new reality.

This is not about compliance: it’s about new business models and creating the right conditions for climate innovation to emerge.

We envision a future in which climate awareness and the opportunities of the green transition are as systemic and ingrained in work culture as, say, health and safety practices, GDPR compliance or digital literacy. We believe that corporate responses to the climate crisis will be a greater predictor of success in the next 10 years than digital transformation has been over the past 30. 

As people respond to the pervasive influence of climate change across industries, companies and roles, they will uncover new information. Intersectional opportunities will continue to emerge across the whole spectrum of social and environmental issues (health, gender, social justice to mention just a few); and it will become increasingly clear that the climate crisis demands nothing less than transformational change. 

The Climate School creates tailored approaches for companies’ specific responses to climate change.

We know that a blanket solution won’t work for companies, or for climate change itself. We have taken a holistic approach that engages the head, heart and hands of all employees. It starts with the Kite 13.3 Climate Readiness Assessment. Using the Head Heart Hands (HHH) framework, we map potential engagement in terms of climate knowledge, conscience and action.

Our training programmes are designed around this same HHH model using a mix of learning methods and the very best content available. We help companies deliver innovative and successful climate solutions. We support them as they measure their progress, collaborate with like-minded partners and speak out on the issues that matter to them. 

More than a content platform: The Climate School is a living, breathing body of faculty, experts and partners.

The Climate School is forming a network of advisors, partners and leading companies committed to climate action and positive societal change. Through our partnership with Leading Edge Only (LEO), we have created the Climate Innovators Network, which helps companies identify innovative climate solutions and new ways of transitioning to a net-zero economy. Climate innovators, experts and corporates in search of climate innovations are invited to join!

A crucial part of the innovation ecosystem is our Advisory Board (composed of scientists, academics, thought leaders, corporate sustainability experts, policy-makers and more) who contribute to every aspect of The Climate School.

Advisory Board

Suzanne Biegel

Suzanne is founder of Catalyst at Large Ltd and is a globally-recognised expert on gender-smart investing. As Co-Producer of the GenderSmart Investing Summit, she steers programming, participation, and communications. She is an adviser to foundations, DFIs, and other institutional investors on gender-smart investing, and is a pioneer with her personal portfolio in this arena. Kite Insights is delighted to be the content partner for GenderSmart’s Gender & Climate Investment Working Group.

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He contributes to diverse organisations and communities, including business corporations, universities, schools, social enterprises and various grassroots initiatives. He is the founder of Embercombe, a centre in Devon (UK) which seeks to explore and promote the profound regeneration of land, society, and people.
Mac led a leadership development business in the UK, and co-founded two similar consultancies in Poland and Russia. Over the last few years, his work with organisations has included the delivery of multiple presentations and workshops supporting Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, and speaking engagements with Vodafone, HSBC, and the Taranaki CEO Forum, amongst many others.
Mac was a member of Danone North America’s Advisory Committee (2017- 19) as they made their remarkable journey towards attaining B Corp accreditation. In the past he has also sat on the sustainability advisory panels for Lafarge, Lend Lease, and Procter & Gamble.
Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the significant challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
In 2013 Mac was presented with the Enlightened Society Award, and in 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education for his work in service to the community by Plymouth University. He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks.
www.macmacartney.com
www.embercombe.org

Eric Wilkinson

Eric Wilkinson is a highly experienced senior executive having had significant success as a PE and VC investor as well as having co-founded a unicorn company, Top Golf Inc, in the US and executed 4 successful turnarounds. He has sat on numerous boards as an NED and as Chairman. He particularly enjoys the human interaction these roles provide within the context of rigorous and challenging goals.
His current roles include Executive Chairman of 99oint9 Hygiene Limited, NED of Vaughan Lighting Limited, CEED Limited, Smart TMS Limited and LEO Limited as well Chairman of the Advisory Board of 8 Hours Ahead, a Sino-Global technology transfer company. He is a member of the advisory board of Committed Capital LLC. He is also on the advisory board of IntoUniversity, one of the UK’s leading mentoring organisations.
Previous roles include Partner of Bain & Co., Partner of Apax Partners and Partner of The Beacon Group LLP, a boutique investment bank that was sold to Chase Manhattan in 2000 for $500 million. Eric was a member of Beacon’s Operating Committee as well as its Investment Committee. Eric subsequently led JPMorgan Partners consumer and retail private equity group until 2002. He became a partner of Talisman Management Limited in 2005.
At Talisman Management, Eric was a co-founder of Top Golf Inc, one of the fastest-growing entertainment companies in the US, currently valued at over $2 billion. He was also Chairman of Coemar Spa, an entertainment lighting turnaround which was sold in 2010, Board member and Executive Committee member of Solel Inc, a solar energy business which was sold to Siemens in 2010 and co-CEO of Leclanche SA until June 2014.
In January 2016, Eric joined Hambro Perks Limited as Partner and CIO. He helped raise over £30 million of permanent capital for the firm and the audited value of the portfolio of the firm more than doubled during his tenure. He left the firm on good terms in February 2019 to focus on his personal goals.

Clover Hogan

Clover Hogan is a 21-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature - a youth-led organisation empowering Gen Z to step up, rather than shut down, in the face of the climate crisis.

At 16, Clover was lobbying decision-makers at the Paris climate meeting when she realised that the threat greater even than climate change was the universal feeling of powerlessness in the face of it. She made it her mission to mobilise mindsets. After graduating from the Green School in Indonesia, Clover worked with Impossible Foods CEO Pat O. Brown on national youth strategy, consulted multinationals alongside John Elkington, global authority on business as a force for good, before launching Force of Nature. Her team helps young people turn anxiety into agency. Through virtual classrooms and campaigns, their 2020 ambition is to activate a global network of young activists ready to inspire change from their living rooms.

In June, Clover launched the Force of Nature podcast, a 9-part series with ordinary people doing extraordinary things to save the planet: from the woman who started a global movement out of her backyard; to the lawyer responsible for the world’s most historic climate agreement; and a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Clover is also campaign strategist for #MyEcoResolution, serves as a trustee to Global Action Plan, and is on the advisory board of the National Community Lottery's Climate Action Fund.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Sandrine is the Co-President of the Club of Rome and has 30+ years of European and international policy, strategy and business leadership experience with a particular focus on climate change, sustainable development, green growth, conventional and sustainable energy solutions and sustainable finance.
As Co-President of the Club of Rome, she divides her time between lecturing, facilitating change in business and policy models and advisory work. She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR); Assembly Member, Climate Mitigation & Adaptation Mission (DGR&I); TEG Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, Chair, Manufacturing & Outreach (DGFISMA); and for organisations/institutes such as Climate KIC, the European Aluminium and the IEEP. Sandrine is also a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a Senior Associate for E3G, Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and WEALL as well as a Senior Advisor to Interel. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).
Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She has spent her career bringing together business leaders, policy makers, academia and NGO’s. Until recently, Sandrine was Chief Partnership Officer for UN Agency Sustainable Energy for All and prior to that the Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (2009-2016). During that period she was also appointed Executive Director of the Green Growth Platform bringing together EU Ministers and CEO’s.
Previous advisory and professional positions include: advising for HRH The Prince of Wales, Members of the European Parliament, European Commission Presidents, Commissioners and officials, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, international organizations (OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, USAID, UNFCCC, IEA) and business leaders of large international, European and African companies. Sandrine was Vice Chair, European Biofuels Technology Platform 2008-2016; Board member, We Mean Business 2014-2016, Member of The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board and on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas major Sasol from 2007-2010.. She spoke on TEDx: The Sustainable Future series and has published numerous articles, book chapters and given presentations on green growth and competitiveness, innovation, low carbon energy solutions, climate change, sustainable development, transport, conventional and alternative fuel quality legislation as well as on trade & environment.

Alexandra Palt

Alexandra is the Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer of L'Oréal Group and Executive Vice-President of Fondation L'Oréal. After studying law, Alexandra specialised in human rights. She began her career at a law firm and then collaborated with Amnesty International in Germany. In 2003, she joined IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité, a business-driven membership organization working on CSR. She focused on diversity management, community involvement and urban regeneration. In 2006, Alexandra Palt joined HALDE (French Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Commission) as Executive Vice President for Equal Opportunity. In 2008, she founded Fabric of Society, a strategic consultancy firm specializing in change management and sustainability, advising large companies on their CSR policies.
Alexandra Palt joined L’Oréal in February 2012 as Chief Sustainability Officer. In 2013, she launched Sharing Beauty With All, L’Oréal’s sustainability program, which sets commitments for 2020 addressing the company’s impact across its value chain.
In September 2017, Alexandra Palt was appointed Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, becoming Executive Vice President of the Fondation L’Oréal in addition to her role as head of the Sustainability Department.
In September 2019, Alexandra Palt joined L’Oréal’s Executive Committee as Executive Vice President – Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer and Executive Vice President of the Fondation L’Oréal.

Callum Grieve

With over 20 years experience in climate change and sustainability communications, Callum is member of the Campaign Collective: a campaign team that identifies and amplifies new voices to widen the conversation around the climate crisis. Previously, Callum was the Communications Director for Sustainble Energy for All: a global non-profit focused on securing clean, affordable, reliable energy for everyone — and getting it done it well before 2030. Before that, Callum was the Communications Director for We Mean Business: an international campaign driving corporate climate action and calling for ambitious climate policy. Prior to this, Callum was the Communications Director at The Climate Group: an international non-profit working to promote ambitious climate change action with business and government.

Massimo Portincaso

Massimo co-leads BCG’s activities around Deep Tech and the next wave of innovation driven by nature co-design. He has written on the dawn of the Deep Tech ecosystem but also about what poetry brings to business and is constantly on the look for partnerships with thought leaders such as Magnum, the MIT MediaLab, TED and Hello Tomorrow to push the boundaries of BCG’s perception. His work on the BCG brand has resulted in coverage by CNBC and Bloomberg, and features in publications including Consulting Magazine and Fast Company.

Massimo joined BCG in 1997, and has worked for the company in Düsseldorf, Munich, Vienna, and Berlin. In 2002, he left to run his own company, rejoining in 2006.

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International, of The New York Times. Stephen is responsible for the oversight and strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. Dunbar-Johnson was appointed president, international for the New York Times Company in October 2013 to lead the global expansion of The Company.
Prior to The Times, Dunbar-Johnson was Publisher of the International Herald Tribune (IHT), a position he assumed in January 2008. Before joining the IHT in 1998, he held various business development roles in the UK, France and the US over twelve years at the Financial Times. He was educated at Worth School and Kent University in the U.K. and has completed an executive management program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Sulzberger program at the Columbia School of Journalism.

Johan Rockström

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam.
He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

Michael Stevenson

Michael Stevenson is Senior Advisor, Education and Skills at the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation in Paris. His responsibilities include innovation, strategy and support for governments. He is leading the development of (1) the long-term roadmap for the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and (2) vision, strategy and policy for education in the age of AI (High Performing Systems for Tomorrow).
From 2007-2013 Michael was Vice President, Global Education at Cisco Systems. During this time he founded the Global Education Leaders Program, which he now co-chairs.
Michael began his career at the BBC, initially in television current affairs, later as BBC Secretary and Director of Education. He went on to lead strategy, communications and technology at the UK Department for Education in London.

François Gemenne

François Gemenne is a specialist in environmental geopolitics and migration governance at the University of Liège, where he is Director of the Hugo Observatory. He also acts as co-Director of the Observatory on Defence and Climate of the French Ministry of Defence, a lead author for the IPCC and a lecturer on climate change and migration policies at Sciences Po and Sorbonne University.
His research deals mostly with environmental and migration governance and he has worked in particular on populations displaced by environmental changes and the policies of adaptation to climate change, as well as on asylum and migration policies.
François currently coordinates two important European research projects: MAGYC, on migration governance and asylum crises, as well as HABITABLE, on migration induced by climate change. He also coordinated the DEVAST project, one of the first international projects to examine the social and political consequences of the Fukushima disaster.
He has consulted for several organisations, including the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the British government (Foresight). In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT-Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public.
He is also the director of the Sustainable Development series at Presses de Sciences Po, a leading French academic publisher, and the President of the Board of the NGO Climate Voices, which seeks to connect youth from the global North and the global South around climate issues.

Shuvo Saha

Shuvo Saha conceived and built the 'Google Digital Academy' - a team dedicated to helping Google's top customers to feel equipped for Digital Transformation and lead change in their organisations.
Prior to this he built Google's UK business with the Consumer Goods and Healthcare industries, as well as being the thought leader and MC for Google's flagship events about 'Marketing in a Digital World'.
With a career spanning roles at P&G to consulting to Google, he brings extensive experience in brand management, sales management, digital media, marketing transformation, customer experience, L&D and building organisation capability.
Outside of work he's a trustee and advisor to a number of educational charities, social enterprises & startups.

Carey Bohjanen

Carey Bohjanen is the Managing Director of Sustainable Finance Advisory and has spent the last sixteen years at the intersection of business, development finance, gender and sustainability. She drives change through multi-stakeholder, ecosystem approaches by engaging private and public sector players across value chains to develop new policy approaches, build individual and institutional capacity, implement practical solutions and uncover potential investment opportunities. She is a sought after trainer, facilitator, storyteller and coach leading transformational change and a “business as unusual” approach.

Jo Confino

Jo Confino is an executive coach, facilitator, journalist, sustainability expert and Zen mindfulness practitioner.

Until recently, he was executive editor, Impact & Innovation and Editorial Director of What’s Working at the HuffPost in New York. During his five years there, he developed long-term editorial projects based on social, environmental and economic justice and was a member of the senior leadership team.

He is currently working with Leaders Quest, which helps leaders and companies align profit with purpose as well as Future Stewards, a coalition of partners working together to build a regenerative future.

Jo has chaired and facilitated events and conferences all over the world for the past 20 years. He also runs workshops and roundtables for attendees including CEOs, prime ministers and NGO heads.

Before joining HuffPost, he was an executive editor of the Guardian and chairman and editorial director of the Guardian Sustainable Business website. During his 23 years at the Guardian, he set up and managed a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the Ugandan village of Katine, and helped create the Guardian’s environment and global development websites.
Jo also created and managed the sustainability vision and strategy for the Guardian and its parent company Guardian Media Group.

As a journalist for the past 40 years, he has worked on regional and national newspapers and websites, with an emphasis on business and finance, including three years as Wall Street correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

Jo has worked closely for the past 14 years with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastic community in Plum Village, France and is an advisory board member of Parallax Press, which publishes books on mindfulness in daily life.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and is also a trustee of Theatre for a Change, whose purpose is the empowerment of women and girls, particularly in their sexual and reproductive health.

Jo completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath.

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