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Oct 18, 2023

War & The Hidden Power of ESG - Natalie Jaresko, fmr Finance Minister of Ukraine


“The global business community must understand that nurturing, upholding and protecting freedom and democracy is part of their ESG responsibility. It's not only in their best interest, but also in, in those of their increasingly noisy and numerous stakeholders…Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, not all chief executives have had the courage to take actions which would be consistent with their ESG policies,” Natalie Jaresko in the Financial Times.


How might ESG systems support peace and prosperity and disincentivize the brutality we see in the news from the barbaric attack on civilians in Israel and the continuing atrocities in Ukraine by Russia’s unprovoked war? Natalie Jaresko, the former finance minister of Ukraine explained how to Electric Ladies Podcast host Joan Michelson in this riveting interview.


Natalie helps us step back a moment and think about how what’s at the core of ESG systems might help drive a lasting peace. It’s also vital that we continue to pressure lawmakers to approve aid to Ukraine immediately, as well as to Israel. 

You’ll hear:

  • How ESG can be a tool for democracy, as well as climate and social goals.
  • How globalization allows Russia’s dark money to be a hidden influence on Western policies and institutions.
  • What you can do to support Ukraine, today.
  • Plus, insightful career advice.

And much more!

“I think today there are more ways to make a difference while making money than there ever have been before you don't need to remain or stay in public policy in the traditional kind of government think tank, uh, world. Now companies are establishing entire branches, departments, foundations to make a difference.” Natalie Jaresko on Electric Ladies podcast


Read Joan’s Forbes articles here.

You’ll also want to listen to:

·       Sandrine Dixson-Decléve, Co-president of the Club of Rome (global leaders) and Ambassador to the Climate

·       Heather Boushey, Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors

  • Michele Wucker, thought leaders and author of “You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science to Navigating an Uncertain World.”

·       Gillian Tett, Financial Times, from COP26, about what the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and its $130 trillion in commitments means for a net zero economy.

·       Kathryn Pavlovsky, Deloitte Energy, Resources & Industrials, on the energy transformation and ESG

·       Kristen Sullivan, Deloitte Sustainability & Supply Chain practice, on companies “doing” ESG, and the supply chain.

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