Christine Bader

The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist

When Girl Meets Oil

Christine Bader is a sought-after speaker and adviser on corporate responsibility, one of the few experts who has worked in business–both on the front lines and in headquarters –as well as in international policy, nonprofits and government. Bader is a Lecturer at Columbia University, where she co-teaches a course on Human Rights and Business. She is also a Human Rights Advisor to BSR, the world’s leading business membership organization focused on sustainability.

After earning her MBA from Yale in 2000, Bader joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. In 2006 she created a part-time pro bono role as Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights, a role she took up full-time in 2008 until the U.N. mandate ended in 2011.

Bader has also worked in the nonprofit and public sectors, having served as a corps member with City Year and a special assistant to the New York City Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor. She serves on the boards of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, named one of the world’s best reference websites; and The OpEd Project, an initiative to broaden the range of voices in public discourse. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bader has published numerous op-eds and articles and given talks to conferences, companies, and universities around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled “Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist.” She lives in her native New York City with her husband and two children.

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