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Bennett Freeman

director, corporate responsibility, Burson-Marsteller

Bennett Freeman is senior vice president for Social Research and Policy for Calvert, a socially responsible mutual fund. For three years prior to this Freeman headed Burson-Marsteller's corporate social responsibility practice group in the U.S. Freeman joined B-Ms corporate social responsibility practice in mid-2003 and sits on the board of directors of the U.S. division of the global aid group, Oxfam America, as well as being a member of the Business and Economic Relations Group of Amnesty International USA. At Burson-Marsteller Freeman led "firms client advisory work on corporate responsibility policy frameworks, risk assessments, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies addressing global issues such as human rights, labor rights, the environment and sustainable development." In 2002, he co-authored an independent Human Rights Impact Assessment of BPs Tangguh project in Papua, Indonesia, the first such assessment conducted of a major energy project in the world." "As U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999 to early 2001, Freeman was responsible for conducting the State Departments bilateral human rights diplomacy around the world.