Faris Natour leads BSR’s human rights practice, advising companies on human rights strategy, policy development, human rights impact assessments and other elements of human rights due diligence. He has developed human rights strategies and management systems for companies in the energy and extractives, ICT, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, media and other sectors. A lawyer by training, Natour is a frequent speaker and writer on business and human rights issues and has taught business and human rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
Natour joined BSR in 2005 as a manager, Advisory Services, focused on sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement and human rights. From 2008 to 2010, Natour led BSR’s research team, which identifies key trends in sustainability and translates them into opportunities for business. Prior to joining BSR, Natour spent four years as a social research analyst and team leader with Calvert Group, where he was responsible for investment analysis of corporate human rights performance.
A native of Germany, Natour holds an MA in international law from George Washington University Law School and a JD from the University of Regensburg, Germany. He is based in San Francisco.