As Senior Vice President for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments since April 2006, Bennett Freeman leads the environmental, social and governance analysis, shareholder advocacy and public policy work of the largest family of sustainable and responsible (SRI) mutual funds in the U.S with over $12 billion assets under management based in Bethesda, MD. He has helped to develop the investment themes of new Calvert funds and contributed to Calvert's leadership on issues such as Sudan divestment; extractive revenue transparency; Internet freedom of expression and privacy; water sustainability; and climate change adaptation.
Prior to joining Calvert, Freeman was a Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller from 2003-2006, 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. Freeman served as a presidential appointee in three positions at the U.S. Department of State in the Clinton Administration. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999-2001, Freeman was responsible for the State Department's bilateral human rights diplomacy. In that capacity, he led the year-long multi-stakeholder dialogue and negotiation to develop and launch the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights as the global human rights standard for oil, gas and mining companies. He previously served as Senior Advisor to Under Secretary for Business and Economic Affairs Stuart Eizenstat and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Chief Speechwriter for Secretary Warren Christopher. Freeman was previously Manager-Corporate Affairs for GE based in the corporate headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut and the Washington government relations office from 1985-93. He began his career as a speechwriter and presidential campaign aide to former Vice President Walter Mondale from 1982-84.
Freeman is Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness; Vice Chair of the Board of United to End Genocide; a Trustee and International Advisory Board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHBR); Board Secretary of the Global Network Initiative (GNI); a member of the Governing Board of the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI); and Board Chair of EG Justice. He served on the Board of Oxfam America from 2002-10 and represented Oxfam on the Board of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) from 2006-09.
Bennett Freeman earned an AB in History (Highest Honors) in 1979 from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA (Honours) in 1981 in Modern History from the University of Oxford, where he studied as an English-Speaking Union Churchill Scholar at Balliol College.