Over the last 17 years of a three-decade-plus-long career, Bennett Freeman has worked at the intersection of governments, international institutions, multinational companies, investors, NGOs, and trade unions to improve corporate conduct and to promote human rights and sustainable development around the world.
An innovative leader in the fields of business and human rights, natural resource governance, and responsible investment, he has played pioneering roles in developing several now well-established, multistakeholder initiatives and global standards.
As senior vice president for sustainability research and policy at Calvert Investments, Freeman led the environmental, social, and governance research, analysis, public policy, and shareholder advocacy work of the largest family of sustainable and responsible mutual funds in the United States with $13-16 billion assets under management. He developed the investment themes of new funds and established or reinforced Calvert’s leadership on issues such as Sudan divestment and human rights in Burma, extractive revenue transparency and conflict minerals, internet freedom of expression and privacy, supply-chain labor and human trafficking, climate policy and water sustainability, corporate board diversity, and workplace gender equity.
Prior to joining Calvert, Freeman was a managing director at Burson-Marsteller, where he led the global corporate responsibility practice and advised multinational corporations on policy development, stakeholder engagement, and communications strategies related to human rights, labor practices, and sustainable development. He also advised companies, international institutions, and NGOs on corporate responsibility and human rights as the principal of sustainable investment strategies.
Freeman has also previously held positions in the U.S. Department of State and General Electric and began his career as a speechwriter and presidential campaign aide.
Freeman earned a B.A. in History with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. with Honours in Modern History from the University of Oxford, where he studied as an English-Speaking Union Churchill Scholar at Balliol College.