Meet the team

Sarah Zoen

Sarah Zoen

Associate Director, Boston
Areas of Expertise
I bring a strong focus on the “S” of ESG with expertise in human rights due diligence, meaningful stakeholder engagement, gender equality, and labor rights. Prior to joining Corporate Citizenship, I worked for 15 years at Oxfam America where I led several US corporate relationships for the confederation as well as designed frameworks and guidance to the private sector on how to improve policies and practices for affected stakeholders. Specific sectors where I have experience are food and beverage, cocoa, supermarkets/retail, and extractives.

Background:
I have over 15 years of experience working in the international development sector and specifically the intersection of business and human rights. My development career started with Peace Corps in Côte d’Ivoire and since then I have lived and worked across the globe to promote economic and social justice. I have an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School at Brandeis and an MA in Education from Boston University. I am a board member with the Boston Network for International Development (BNID), am an active member of my town’s Human Rights Commission and serve as a Professional in Residence at the Heller School.

Client and Project Experience:
I have worked with, engaged, and advised companies such as Mars, Mondelēz, Nestlé, Amazon, Walmart, Hershey’s, LIDL, Ahold, The Coca-Cola Company, and Whole Foods. Projects and scope have included human rights impact assessments, gender policy development, impacts on and remedy for smallholder farmers, implementation analysis of human rights due diligence approaches, labor policies, and worker well-being. Additionally, I have worked with investor groups (primarily the SRI community) and engaged with proxy firms on human rights due diligence.

Person I most admire:
There are so many people who come to mind so there isn’t just one for me. Those at the top of my list are the people who see the opportunity and potential in everyone; they are the ones who take risks to make this world more just and equitable.

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