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Business Leadership on Climate Action and Human Rights

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Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley

2224 Piedmont Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Business Leadership on Climate Action and Human Rights

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We invite UC Berkeley students to hear from professionals who are working to advance corporate action on climate change, gender equality, and human rights. Our guests will talk about the linkages between these challenges and why business has an opportunity to lead on these issues. They will also talk about their careers and take questions from students on how they shaped their own paths to working on these critical issues today.

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Samantha Harris, Manager, Climate Change, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

Samantha (Sam) drives the climate resilience pillar of BSR’s climate change practice, which includes how businesses can act at the intersection of people and climate change. She leads BSR’s foundational research and strategy on the intersection of climate and women’s empowerment, as well as this cluster in the Business Action for Women collaboration. Sam also leads the international policy work at the UN climate negotiations for the We Mean Business coalition.

Before joining BSR, Sam worked on the Climate Action Network international policy team, where she drove the development of common positions for hundreds of NGOs during the climate negotiations, focusing in particular on climate justice, short-term mitigation action, a long-term global goal, climate finance, and low-carbon technology. Sam was previously at the NGO Islands First, advising Pacific small island nations on climate change and oceans policy.

Sam holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.

Nate Springer, Director, Market Development, GNA

Nate has over 15 years of experience in transport and clean business. With GNA, he leads market development of low and zero-emission technologies and promotes their adoption by fleets with maximum ROI. Previously, he directed BSR’s Future of Fuels initiative with fleets, OEMs, fuel providers and designed its turnaround. He also managed BSR’s clean shipping initiative with 85 percent of global container carriers and 30 of their customers and led clean energy strategy projects with numerous Fortune 500 companies. His expertise crosses EV, renewable natural gas, biodiesel and renewable diesel, hydrogen, CNG, LNG for road fleets and shipping globally, especially in US, Europe, and Latin America. He speaks at 8-10 events and writes for several publications on transport cleantech annually. Nate is fluent in Spanish and holds an MBA with High Distinction and an MS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.

This is a lunch brown bag so feel free to bring in your own lunch. Coffee and tea will be served.

If you have any questions, please contact Jesse Nishinaga, Program Director of the Human Rights and Business initiative, at jnishinaga@berkeley.edu.

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