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GREED OR GOOD

A new column for Climate & Capital Media that attempts to cut through the greenwashing and spotlight if what businesses and financial institutions are doing on sustainability is a sign of “greed” or “good.”

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17 Communications

17C NEWS & VIEWS

A selection of news articles, podcasts and speaking appearances featuring Dmitriy Ioselevich discussing topics like ESG, impact investing, mission-driven communications and greenwashing.

ImpactAlpha: How to stop ‘astroturf’ campaigns and the spread of misinformation (November 25, 2020)

Writing for ImpactAlpha, Dmitriy discusses the recent FTI Consulting scandal and how we can all do more to tackle misinformation and astroturfing, including “the need for PR professionals to adopt higher standards that emphasize purpose and integrity over profits and misinformation.”

FundFire: Private Equity Scores Poorly on Climate, Race Issue Ratings (November 25, 2020)

Dmitriy Ioselevich speaks to FundFire about the ‘Private Inequity’ report on the triple crises of COVID-19, climate change and racial injustice, which all stem from risks long “ignored, underfunded, or inadequately addressed by both the public and private sectors.”

AlphaWeek: Private Equity Needs to Step Up Its Game to Address Systemic Risks (November 23, 2020)

Dmitriy Ioselevich speaks to AlphaWeek about his recent report on ‘Private Inequity’ and why “just because a firm publishes a statement or makes a donation doesn’t mean that they’re actually doing anything meaningful about an issue. This type of behaviour ensures that we’ll just keep repeating the same cycle until the system changes. That will only happen when we see changes at both the firm and portfolio levels. When they say something, they need to back it up.”

17C: Private Equity Industry Needs to Improve How it Addresses Systemic and Systematic Risks, According to ‘Private Inequity’ Report on Systems Change (November 16, 2020)

A research report published by 17 Communications, with contributed content from the Predistribution Initiative, about how the private equity industry is responding to systemic and systematic risks like climate change, COVID-19 and racial injustice. The report includes 11 specific recommendations on actions that private equity firms can take TODAY to better manage and mitigate these risks.

FundFire: The Most Common Excuses that Hedge Funds Use to Avoid ESG — and Why They Are Wrong (June 24, 2020)

In this opinion piece, Dmitriy about how while some hedge funds are clear ESG leaders, too many are still making excuses to investors or pundits on why ESG is “not for them.” He argues that it’s long past time for these excuses to stop so that the investment community can have an honest and productive conversation about how to fix the problems with ESG, rather than scrap ESG entirely.

QuiVive Global Advisory: Communications for the ESG and Impact Investing Space (May 29, 2020)

Dmitriy Ioselevich gave a guest lecture about greenwashing to the team at QuiVive, an independent consulting firm that advises market-rate impact-oriented funds and businesses on product development, business strategy and capital raising.

NYU Stern: Impact Investing in Family Offices (April 7, 2020)

Dmitriy Ioselevich gave a guest lecture on ESG data to a class taught by Steven Godeke and Richard M. Levitch about impact investing and how family offices sit in a unique position to incorporate impact investment strategies into their operations.

ImpactAlpha: More Agents of Impact answer the call for new tools to reshape finance (January 27, 2020)

Build trust with stakeholders (by Dmitriy Ioselevich)

In order to evolve to a better and more inclusive form of capitalism, we must first address the growing skepticism and outright condemnation of capitalism. This requires not only changing people’s minds, but also their hearts. That’s why for impact investing to truly scale, the financial community needs to take proactive steps to rebuild trust with all stakeholders.

High NY: Hemp & Sustainability (September 26, 2019)

Dmitriy Ioselevich spoke on a panel about how hemp is aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Hemp is the most versatile crop on the planet. With thousands of uses for its seed, oil, and fiber, hemp can be used to make textiles, building material, livestock bedding, paper products, bioplastics, food, and much more. Hemp also filters toxic chemicals out of polluted soil and has been scientifically proven to absorb more CO2 per hectare than any forest or commercial crop, making it the ideal carbon sink.

“Climate change isn’t an “issue” to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us that we need to evolve."

— NAOMI KLEIN (ACTIVIST, AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST)

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