Welcome Dan Viederman to the HU Team

Dan-2013-533x800At Humanity United, we are committed to bringing new solutions, fresh ideas and new energy to some of the world’s most intractable problems. Over the past seven years, this has included a focus on the persistent problem of forced labor that is enabled by the complex nature of global corporate supply chains.

I am pleased to announce that Dan Viederman is joining our team this week, bringing his incredible expertise at the intersection of human rights and corporate supply chains to the new solutions we are supporting and developing here at HU.

Before joining HU, Dan was CEO of Verité, a leading non-profit organization working against global forced and child labor through in-depth research and corporate engagement. As CEO of Verité, Dan worked closely with NGOs, governments, investors and the biggest multinational brands in the world to improve working conditions and eliminate human rights violations across geographies and business sectors. Recently he led the creation and implementation of a technological tool to identify networks of illicit labor recruiters in corporate supply chains.

For the impact that Verité has had on the millions of workers around the world, Dan was the winner of a 2007 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the Year in the United States by the Geneva, Switzerland-based Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Dan has managed NGOs in developing countries since 1993 and worked with internationally-recognized institutions such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Catholic Relief Services.

Dan has lived extensively in Asia and speaks Mandarin. He is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Nanjing Teacher’s University.

Dan joins HU as Managing Director and will lead efforts to engage entrepreneurs and tech innovators in pursuit of new tools to address forced labor in corporate supply chains.