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Michael Kobori

Center for Responsible Business
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Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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M.P.P., University of California, Berkeley,  Goldman School of Public Policy
A.B., University of California, Berkeley,  Asian Studies and Psychology


Positions Held

At Haas since 2014

2014 – present, Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas School of Business

2013 – 2015, Senior Advisory Board, Center for Responsible Business


2006 – present, Vice-President, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.

2001 – 2006, Director, Global Code of Conduct, Levi Strauss & Co.

2000 – 2001, Vice-President, Business for Social Responsibility

1999 – 2000, Director, Business and Human Rights, Business for Social Responsibility

1995 – 1998, Manager, Government Affairs, Levi Strauss & Co.

1985 – 1993, Various positions at The Asia Foundation, including Director of Vietnam Programs; Assistant Representative, Thailand; Executive Assistant to the President; Assistant Representative, Bangladesh; and Program Officer

External Service and Assignments

2016 – Present         Board Member, The Cotton Board

2015 – Present         Board Member, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

2015 – Present         President’s Leadership Council, The Asia Foundation

2013 – Present         Member, Aspen institute Business and Society Leaders

2010 – 2013              Council member and Chairman, Better Cotton Initiative

2010 – 2013              Advisory Committee, ILO Better Work Program

2008 – 2012              Board Member, Levi Strauss Foundation

Current Research and Interests

  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Business in Society


  • UGBA 192P

Honors and Awards

  • Haas Business School Club 6
  • Bob Haas Leadership Award, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company Magazine

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