Claude G.B. Fontheim


Claude Fontheim is the CEO of Fontheim International, LLC and has 37 years of experience in the fields of corporate social responsibility (CSR), international trade and foreign policy. He was among the first CSR practitioners and has published numerous articles and speaks regularly on international trade, corporate social responsibility, and labor policy.

Mr. Fontheim’s work includes advising global businesses on innovative CSR policies and programs; crisis avoidance, management and resolution; reputation management; advocacy; and stakeholder engagement and partnerships (including with labor, human rights, women’s, development and other nongovernmental organizations).

Mr. Fontheim has worked on numerous trade negotiations, policy debates, and almost every significant piece of trade legislation since 1981.  He previously served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and as Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council’s Project on the Global Economy & Trade.

Mr. Fontheim has served as an advisor on trade, economic and foreign policy to Presidential and Congressional campaigns. He was also a partner in a global law firm.

Mr. Fontheim’s nonprofit activities include service on the following boards of directors:

He also serves on advisory boards to the American Leadership Initiative of which he is the founder, the University of Michigan – Michigan in Washington Program and InterAction.

Mr. Fontheim received his J.D., M.P.P., and B.A. from the University of Michigan where he graduated with High Honors, High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, and was Managing Editor of Michigan’s international law publication.

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