Jim is the Founder and Executive Director of Basel Action Network, where he provides strategic oversight, implements and expands programs supporting global environmental justice.  As an activist for over 30 years, his work on toxic waste and toxic waste trade has helped save lives, prevent pollution, and safeguard fragile ecosystems from bio-accumulating toxins, and protect the world’s poor from health hazards, and reuse the Earth’s limited resources. He has been a chief proponent of just and sound international policies within the United Nations Basel Convention since its inception in 1989. As the only person to have attended every Conference of the Parties meeting, he supports delegates in drafting, approving, and implementing policies that protect people from the global trade of toxic waste. His work was instrumental in creating the Basel Ban Amendment banning the export of hazardous wastes from developed to developing countries which is now international law.  He has traveled the world researching, speaking, writing, and producing films. He was the first to investigate and expose the export of electronic waste (e-waste). BAN’s 2002 film, Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia, was the first to shine a spotlight on e-waste trade and transformed an unknown dumping practice into a well-recognized, global issue. He has since overseen creation of the e-Stewards Certification Program, which certifies electronics recyclers to the industry’s gold standard for environmental and occupational health and safety protection.

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