Eric Bouwmeester

Eric Bouwmeester

Eric Bouwmeester joined the supervisory board of the BoP Innovation Center early 2013. He has worked for over 30 years in PR and corporate communications, with a focus on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. In the early days of his career he was press officer at Heineken. He served later Royal DSM, ABN Amro and Fortis Group as director of corporate communications. At the two latter banks, he layed the foundation of the sustainability function.

Before starting his own consultancy Hecht! in 2009, he was general manager corporate social responsibility at Fortis. Eric acted as chairman of SIRE, Stichting Ideele Reclame, (a foundation addressing social issues with advertising, set up by the communication industry). He was a member of the Fortis Foundation board, the supervisory board of the Fortis Green Bank, and member  of Global Compact Network Netherlands' steering committee. He was also supervisory board member of Samenleving & Bedrijf, and was closely involved in its merger with MVO Nederland. Eric was subsequently appointed supervisory board member of the merged entity.

Bouwmeester was invited by Prof. Prakash Sethi to give yearly guest lectures for Master Students on CSR, Business Ethics and Stakeholder Engagement at Yale University in the United States as from 2008.

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