Next week: Business and Human Rights events

The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School and Mossier Social Action and Innovation Center invite you to join us for this exciting series of events on Business and Human Rights with renowned guest expert, Mr. Bennett Freeman:

Bennett Freeman is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of business and human rights, natural resource governance, sustainable development, and responsible investment. Working at the intersection of governments, international institutions, multinational companies, investors, NGOs, and trade unions, Mr. Freeman has played pioneering roles in developing several now well-established multi-stakeholder initiatives and global standards.

Monday, February 26
12:15 PM – 1:10 PM
“Activism and Pragmatism: Building a Career as a Global Human Rights Advocate”
Human Rights in Practice Series
Open to all interested students from any program.
Mondale Hall, Room 55
Lunch provided; RSVP here.

3:35 PM – 5:30 PM
Business and Human Rights Seminar, Prof. Jennie Green
Guest lecture by Mr. Freeman on socially responsible investment.
Open to all interested students and faculty.
Mondale Hall, Room 471

Tuesday, February 27
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Drop-in Office Hours at the Human Rights Center
Additional availability for further discussion with students
Mondale Hall, Room N-120

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Corporate Social Responsibility in the Era of Geopolitical Disruption, Populism, and Nationalism
Open to University community and public
Carlson School of Management, Room L-122
Lunch provided; RSVP here.

4:00 – 5:30
Evolving International Standards on Corporate Conduct related to Human Rights and Sustainable Development
Public lecture; 1.5 CLE credits have been requested. Open to all.
Mondale Hall, Room 15


About Mr. Bennett Freeman

Bennett Freeman is an international expert in the fields of business and human rights, natural resource governance, and responsible investment. Working at the intersection of governments, international institutions, multinational companies, investors, NGOs, and trade unions, Mr. Freeman has played pioneering roles in developing several now well-established, multistakeholder initiatives and global standards.

Mr. Freeman has a long career of advising multinational companies, international institutions, and NGOs on corporate responsibility and human rights, currently as Principal of Bennett Freeman Associates LLC and as a Senior Advisor to BSR. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness, Board Secretary of the Global Network Initiative, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Responsible Sourcing Network. From 2006-15 he served as Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy at Calvert Investments 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. He also served in three positions as a Clinton presidential appointee in the State Department, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
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