Aron Cramer is President and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). Prior to assuming the post of President and CEO, he was based in Paris, where he launched BSR's Europe office in 2002. He also led the establishment of BSR's Hong Kong office in 2001.
Cramer joined BSR in 1995 and served as the founding director of its Business and Human Rights Program. Cramer has worked closely with dozens of BSR's member companies in numerous industry sectors, providing advice and counsel on the full spectrum of CSR issues, including Ford Motor Co., Chevron, Nike, Unilever, Royal Dutch/Shell, Novartis, Novo Nordisk and Rio Tinto. He has also provided support and counsel to many of the leading CSR initiatives in recent years, including the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and the Fair Labor Association. He has worked extensively with the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development and other public institutions. Prior to joining BSR, Cramer served as an attorney in private practice in San Francisco and at ABC News in New York.
He is a graduate of Tufts University and obtained his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. Cramer speaks frequently before industry audiences and in other fora, and has been widely quoted in media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio and others. In 2004, he co-edited Raising the Bar, a publication providing guidance on implementation of the UN Global Compact principles.