As principal of Bennett Freeman Associates LLC and as a senior advisor to BSR, Freeman advises multinational corporations, foundations, and NGOs on international human rights and labor rights. He is chair of the advisory board of Global Witness; co-founder and board secretary of the Global Network Initiative; chair of the advisory board of the Responsible Sourcing Network; and serves on the governing board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute. He co-founded and serves on the board of advisors of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark.
Freeman has previously served as senior vice president for sustainability research and policy at Calvert Investments, managing director for global corporate responsibility at Burson-Marstelle, and principal of Sustainable Investment Strategies. Freeman served as a Clinton presidential appointee in three positions at the U.S. Department of State: as deputy assistant secretary for democracy, human rights, and labor; senior advisor to Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Stuart Eizenstat; and as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs and chief speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He was manager of corporate affairs for GE after beginning his career as a speechwriter and presidential campaign aide to former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Freeman authored <em>Shared Space Under Pressure: Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders</em> for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and International Service for Human Rights. Launched in September 2018, the report provides analytical and operational guidance for companies and was endorsed by the American Bar Association in August 2019.
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