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Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman

Until recently, Bennett Freeman served as Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy of the Calvert Group, leading the social, environmental and governance research, analysis, policy and advocacy work of the largest family of socially responsible mutual funds in the U.S. based in Bethesda MD.

Bennett Freeman served in three positions as a Clinton presidential appointee in the State Department, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999 to early 2001 with responsibility for bilateral human rights diplomacy.

Bennett is a board member of IHRB USA.

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Commentary: Channelling Sir Geoffrey Chandler on the History and Future of Business and Human Rights

I write from Tokyo this week where I am honouring a longstanding commitment to address business and human rights issues. But there is nowhere in the world I would rather be today - professionally or personally - than with you at the Bonavero...

06 December 2018

By Bennett Freeman

Ken Saro-Wiwa adressing Ogoni Day demonstration, Nigeria. Photo: Tim Lambon / Greenpeace

Commentary: What Ken Saro-Wiwa Taught the World

In his final statement before his execution for fabricated charges of abetting murder, Ken Saro-Wiwa declared that:

"I repeat that we all stand before history. I and my colleagues are not the only ones on trial. Shell is here on trial and it is as...

10 November 2015

By Bennett Freeman

Commentary: The Voluntary Principles at 10

As the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights plenary convenes in London this week, a pivotal agenda awaits participants that will frame the issues and decisions which must be made if the Voluntary Principles (VPs) are to fulfill their...

17 March 2010

By Bennett Freeman

Commentary: The Bitter Harvest of Uzbek Cotton

Once again in Uzbekistan this autumn, another bitter harvest is ending. Observers from different regions around the country are reporting that between 1.5 and 2 million teenagers, as well as children as young as nine years old, are missing school...

24 November 2009

By Bennett Freeman

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