Rutgers 2014 Ethical Leadership Conference, 6 Jun '14

Rutgers 2014 Ethical Leadership Conference, 6 Jun '14

Christine Bader is the author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil (Bibliomotion, March 2014). She is a visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University, where she co-teaches a course on human rights and business, and a human rights advisor to BSR.

After earning her MBA from Yale in 2000, Christine 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.

Christine has also served as a corps member with City Year, a special assistant to the New York City Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, and a teaching fellow in community service at Phillips Academy Andover. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

She serves on the boards of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, named one of the world’s best reference websites by the American Library Association; The OpEd Project, an initiative to broaden the range of voices in public discourse; and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Christine was named to the 2012-13 class of the Donaldson Fellows Program, which recognizes Yale School of Management graduates “whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society.”

Christine 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.”

Christine played squash and rugby at Amherst College and competed in the 2002 World Ultimate Frisbee Club Championships, but now finds her athletic glory jogging along Manhattan’s Hudson River.  She lives in her native New York City with her husband, son, and daughter.


I’m paid for my advisory work with BSR, which lists its member companies on its website.  I also take on paid consulting projects and speaking engagements for companies and NGOs.  

I still hold some of the BP shares I was awarded as an employee; the rest of my money is in Vanguard mutual funds.

None of this precludes me from or places any conditions on my naming companies and organizations in my opinion pieces and articles, which I do frequently.

Please let me know if you think there’s anything missing.