Associate, Perseus Strategies
Chris Fletcher ’11 never thought he would be a lawyer.
But several personal experiences with injustice turned his path toward social justice, and eventually to law. In addition, Fletcher came to Northeastern with a background in human rights. Having worked in various sectors, he came to understand that the traditional human-rights tools — while still vital —can have limitations. NGOs can be underfunded and have a reduced impact, and bureaucratic governments can be slow to adapt and respond to human rights violations.
Corporations, however — when driven by the right vision — have the potential to bring about needed and positive change on a global scale. Fletcher therefore focused his studies at Northeastern on corporate social responsibility (CSR), a relatively new field in which businesses can fulfill their mission while making progress on economic, social and environmental challenges.
Today, Fletcher is an associate with Perseus Strategies, a boutique law and consulting firm in Washington, DC, working on international human rights and CSR. “As a result of our work, one of our clients, Jason Purcal, was freed from a Nicaraguan prison. A US citizen, he had been wrongly convicted on drug charges and was serving a 22-year sentence,” he says. “It feels great to put my legal skills to use to help save someone’s life.”
Chris assisted with a range of business litigation matters.
Chris was selected as part of research team, directed by Harvard Law School Professor David Kennedy, on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers, to research good governance regulations.
Chris worked with UNAKRT, investigating the alleged forced transfer of populations and the use of media to incite genocide.
Chris dealt with cutting-edge CSR issues, such as locating and analyzing critiques of John Ruggie’s UN framework for business and human rights.
Chris assisted Professor Hope Lewis with research on UN discussions on violence against women, the obligations of corporations toward migrant workers, and the Haiti earthquake relief effort.
Chris assisted with strategic planning and implementation of the company’s CSR program; among other projects, he updated their factory code of conduct to enhance social compliance within supply-chain factories.