Business & Human Rights Resource Centre appoints new Executive Director

Phil Bloomer
Phil Bloomer

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has appointed a new Executive Director.

The new Director, Phil Bloomer is expected to start work in September 2013, the organisation said in a press release.

Before his appointment, Bloomer who has thirty years of experience in human rights and social justice, has worked in leadership positions at Oxfam GB since 1995 – most recently Director of the Campaigns and Policy Division – and 11 years working in Latin America and the Caribbean on human rights and economic justice.

Bloomer will succeed the Resource Centre’s founder and current Director, Christopher Avery, who announced in late 2012 that he would be retiring once a new Executive Director starts work.

According to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Bloomer is joining the organisation at an important phase of its development.

Founded in 2002, it is the leading international human rights organization focused on providing information about private sector activities worldwide.  Currently with researchers based in 13 countries, it said.

“Attention to business and human rights is growing at all levels, from grassroots groups to international organizations.  This places great responsibilities on the Resource Centre as well as significant opportunities,” it added.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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