Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Advocacy, Calvert Investments
As SVP 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. He has helped to develop the investment themes of new Calvert funds and contributed to Calvert’s leadership on issues including Sudan divestment; extractive revenue transparency; Internet freedom of expression and privacy; water sustainability; and climate change adaptation.
Freeman served as a presidential appointee in three positions at the U.S. Department of State in the Clinton Administration, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Previously Freeman was Manager-Corporate Affairs for GE and a presidential campaign aide to former Vice President Walter Mondale. Freeman is Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness; Vice Chair of the Board of United to End Genocide; a Trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Business; Board Secretary of the Global Network Initiative; a member of the Governing Board of the Revenue Watch Institute; and Board Chair of EG Justice. He served on the boards of Oxfam America and the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative.