NEW YORK—Burson-Marsteller has hired Eric Biel as managing director of its corporate responsibility practice. Based in Washington, D.C., Biel will work closely with colleagues around the world to develop corporate responsibility policies and stakeholder engagement strategies and address international standards for the firm’s corporate and institutional clients.
Biel has more than two decades of experience in senior positions in government, law and consulting, and was most recently with Washington director and senior counsel with Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights).
“We are seeing businesses, across many sectors, increasingly confront challenges ranging from human rights and labor issues to climate change and increasing standards of transparency and accountability in the markets in which they invest and do business,” says Patrick Ford, Burson-Marsteller ‘s U.S. president and CEO. “Eric brings our clients a strong understanding of how to develop corporate responsibility principles and undertake risk assessments, and his appointment is a continuation of our global commitment to help clients in this area of increasing importance.”
At Human Rights First, Biel’s policy and legal role included work on international justice, refugee/asylum, business-human rights linkages, and strategic planning issues. Earlier, he was senior vice president and general counsel of Fontheim International, a Washington consulting and law practice, where he represented clients on trade, corporate responsibility and labor standards matters. He also served in several senior positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, including deputy under secretary for trade policy, counselor to Secretary William Daley and acting director of the office of policy and strategic planning.