John F. Sherman III

General Counsel, Senior Advisor and Secretary

John was part of the central team advising Professor John Ruggie, the former UN Special Representative for Business and Human Rights from 2008-2011. Drawing on his legal and business experience, John concentrated on developing the integration of human rights due diligence into existing corporate governance, enterprise risk management, compliance and ethics, safety and environmental management, and dispute resolution systems. 

John is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, and has advised multinational companies on human rights. Together with David Vermijs, he has conducted human rights due diligence gap analyses for one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, and one of the world's largest transportation companies.

John retired in 2008 as Deputy General Counsel of National Grid, where he was in charge of litigation, environmental, and safety law in the US. He was responsible for the litigation and resolution of thousands of disputes, involving hundreds of millions of dollars and significant public issues, in federal and state courts and agencies and in arbitration and mediation. He had executive responsibilities for compliance and ethics, corporate governance, enterprise risk management, safety and environmental auditing, and corporate social responsibility. 

At National Grid, he represented the company at the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR), and was a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Dispute Resolution. John is a member of the UN Global Compact Human Rights Working Group, an Executive Fellow at the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University, and from 2008-2010, was co-chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the International Bar Association. 

Prior to joining National Grid, John clerked for the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and practiced antitrust and commercial law at Warner & Stackpole in Boston. John is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College, and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA.