CHLOE POYNTON, CO-FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
Chloe Poynton has spent the last ten years advancing respect for human rights globally. As Principal of Article One, Chloe advises companies and multi-lateral organizations on corporate social responsibility and human rights. This includes: developing and piloting social impact programs; drafting human rights policies; conducting human rights impact assessments at the corporate, country, site and product levels; promoting integration efforts; and implementing grievance mechanisms and remedy programs. Clients have included Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and UNOCHA.
Chloe began her career as a Watson Fellow where she partnered with humanitarian aid organizations to assess humanitarian responses to forced migration in Sierra Leone, Kosovo and along the Tanzania/Burundi and Thai/Burma borders. Chloe then moved to the non-profit sector where she supported transitional justice efforts in post-conflict countries with the International Center for Transitional Justice before relocating to Sierra Leone with the UN Development Program (UNDP). At UNDP, Chloe served as an Electoral Advisor to the Government of Sierra Leone—providing technical advice and guidance during the 2008 election.
After receiving a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Economic Development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, Chloe saw an opportunity to engage business on human rights and development issues and accepted a position at BSR—a global nonprofit sustainability consulting firm. At BSR Chloe led the organization’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Human Rights Program. In that capacity she traveled to more than 20 countries, providing guidance to companies in ICT, Healthcare, Travel and Tourism, Financial Services, and Extractives sectors in their efforts to advance corporate respect for human rights. These projects involved developing human rights programs and strategies for over twenty companies; conducting human rights impact assessments in Canada, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and across global supply chains; assessing human rights remedy programs in Papua New Guinea; conducting women’s empowerment programs in Haiti, India, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda; and leading community engagement programs in Guinea. In addition, Chloe played a leading role in developing the Guiding Principles on Access to Healthcare which advances the pharmaceutical industry’s approach to expanding access to quality healthcare globally, and ANN INC.'s 100,000 Women Commitment which empowers women employed in ANN INC.'s global supply chains through health and financial literacy education.
Chloe holds an MA in Public Policy from Princeton University and a BA in International Studies and Anthropology from Macalester College. She was a 2006-2007 Watson Fellow and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and Technology. She regularly writes and speaks on business and human rights issues.
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