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Christine Bader is author of "The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil" (Bibliomotion 2014). She is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, where she co-teaches a course on human rights and business, and a Human Rights Advisor to BSR. She worked for BP from 1999-2008, and in 2011 completed her term as Advisor to the United Nations Special Representative for business and human rights. She serves on the Advisory Boards of The OpEd Project and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Tips From TED on Sharing Our Stories

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Last week I spoke at TED@NYC, TED's annual salon of six-minute talks.

2014-07-14-14443210550_fe1c0fcb9e_m.jpgIt was an honor to be on a TED stage, but the rehearsal the day before was perhaps even more worthwhile -- not just for the event, but...

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The Corporate Idealist

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:12 PM

In speaking with many social intrapreneurs for my book, I realized we all have stories that are unique in their details but not in their themes. We all want to make a positive difference in the world, and have chosen business as our way to do it.


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The Risks and Responsibilities of Tech Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 5:17 PM

This post originally appeared on the MIT Sloan Management Review blog.

Companies clearly have a responsibility for working conditions in their supply chain. But what are companies' responsibilities in the "demand chain"? Do companies bear responsibility for the social risks of how consumers or buyers use their products?...

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Finding Truth in Business and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Those of us who advocate for greater sustainability in business rail against the fact that financial markets don't take into account externalities -- impacts to people and planet. The metrics and values by which we construct business success comprise what we believe to be a false narrative of the world,...

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The Sochi Games and Human Rights: What Is the Responsibility of Corporate Sponsors?

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:13 AM

This post originally appeared on the BSR Blog.

With the Winter Olympic Games about to kick off in Sochi, the role of corporate sponsors is under scrutiny -- the new normal for major sporting events.

This time around, much of the attention is on what, if anything,...

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Tech Start-Ups & Human Rights: Four Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Last month the Yahoo! Business and Human Rights Program convened a 'User First' meeting aimed at tech start-ups to educate them about the challenges to privacy and free speech they will inevitably face.

I moderated a panel on lessons from companies who had faced such challenges. Speakers included Tumblr, who...

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What Happens in Vegas... Corporate 'Sexual' Responsibility?

(12) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 3:16 PM

This post originally appeared corporate-sexual-responsibility" target="_hplink">on BSR's blog.

When I moved to Indonesia for BP in 2000, I was so thoroughly indoctrinated into the company's road-safety program that one Saturday night I asked a taxi driver if he would please put on his seatbelt. He eyed me in his...

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Book Review: Whole Foods Co-CEO John Mackey's Conscious Capitalism

(30) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 5:44 PM

John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, outlines his vision for business in Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Harvard Business Review Press). (Mackey co-authored the book with Raj Sisodia, but the first-person anecdotes and opinions are all Mackey's.)

As the title suggests, the book calls on business...

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Cerberus Divestment Is a Loss, Not a Win

(53) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 10:43 AM

Cerberus Capital's decision to sell its stake in the Freedom Group, maker of the gun used in the Newtown shootings, is being widely applauded.

Celebrities from Elliot Spitzer to Michael Moore urged divestment. After Cerberus's decision, Spitzer penned a piece for Slate entitled,...

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China's New 'Social Risk Review' Mandate and US Energy Production

(8) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 5:24 PM

This post originally appeared on PolicyMic and The Truman Doctrine Blog.

On Monday, China's leadership announced that "social risk reviews" will be required for all major industrial projects. This is a potentially groundbreaking move of which all other nations should take note -- especially...

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Waddling the Waddle: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Baby Market

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 7:00 PM

(This editorial originally appeared on CSRwire's Talkback blog.)

Last month's fatal fire at a clothing factory in Pakistan that supplied Western brands and riots at a Foxconn plant in China are sobering reminders of how our consumption affects people around the world. For those...

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Holiday Resources for the Corporate Idealist

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 4:18 PM

'Tis the season to be jolly -- and to be complicit in human rights abuses with many of our holiday purchases. That sweater you bought for Uncle Mike? Hand-stitched by 11-year-old girls in an Asian sweatshop. That game console for little Susie? Made of conflict minerals funding warlords in the...

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Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 1:20 PM

Can big business do good in the world? Can corporations contribute to a healthier planet while still turning a profit? With each new headline about bad corporate behavior, it would be easy to assume that the answer to both questions is decidedly 'no'.

But in fact, a global army is...

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Is Steve Jobs the Next John Browne?

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 3:47 PM

Environmental damage threatens another CEO's otherwise successful legacy.

Steve Jobs is one of the most admired CEOs of all time. He transformed his company from a middling player into one of the world's largest and most successful businesses. He transcended mere leadership of his industry to transform the way we...

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