August 16, 2022

Faculty focus: Suzanne Klatt

Faculty focus: Suzanne Klatt

By Emily Tenaglia
|August 1, 2022

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Susan Klatt, an adjunct professor in Columbia University’s sustainability management program, will teach corporate sustainability reporting this fall.

Suzanne Klatt began working as an adjunct professor at Columbia University Sustainability management program Out of Colombia this summer, he is working as Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Programs and Strategy at IBM. This includes ESG strategy, frameworks and roadmaps, transparency, data collection and reporting, and ultimately customer engagement and thought leadership.

Previously, during his time at NASDAQ, he was an integral part of shaping the company’s approach to sustainability and responding to climate change, as well as a subject matter expert on ESG reporting for the company. He participated in cross-sustainability committees and working groups. His previous position was Vice President of Environment and Sustainability at Prudential Financial, Inc. There he focused on integrating long-term value creation into the company’s sustainability/ESG strategy. He also led corporate ESG reporting and strategic policy and advocacy initiatives.

Klatt completed his Masters in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in May 2020. He also holds an MA in French Studies from New York University and a BA with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

What initially led you to pursue the field of sustainability?

The field of sustainability is one that inherently promotes the greater good of the world. I enjoy a career towards achieving a goal.

What attracted you to the sustainable management program?

I was attracted by the excellence of the program and course delivery.

What course are you teaching this fall and what are you most excited about?

I will be teaching a corporate sustainability reporting class in the fall of 2022. I am excited to learn and teach students who are pursuing careers in this field.

What changes do you hope to see in the future in the field of sustainability?

I hope we will see the depoliticization of the climate change agenda in this country.

What advice do you have for students looking for a career in sustainability?

My advice to students is to continue to be a fierce radical and be the change you want to see in the world.

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