Bennett Freeman was Senior Vice President for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments. There, he led the environmental, social and governance work of the largest family of sustainable and responsible (SRI) mutual funds in the US, with $13-16 billion assets under management.
Bennett now serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness, and a member of the Governing Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). He was also an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) from 2009-15, served on the Board of Oxfam America from 2002-10, and represented Oxfam on the Board of the EITI in 2006-09.
Bennett previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the US State Department. In that role, he led the multi-stakeholder dialogue and negotiations to develop and launch the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. He also previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and chief speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
Prior to Calvert, Bennett led the Global Corporate Responsibility practice at Burson-Marsteller, where he advised multinational corporations on policy development, stakeholder engagement and communications around human rights, labour and sustainable development. Previously, he was the Principal of Sustainable Investment Strategies – and in that capacity, co-authored a human rights impact assessment of BP’s Tangguh LNG project in West Papua, the first ever such assessment in the world.