David Batstone

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Dr. David Batstone is the founder and managing director of Just Business, a social impact investment firm. His portfolio of successful ventures includes REBBL, the "top new organic beverage in the USA" (2016); Z Shoes; Square Organics; and Not For Sale. As founder of Not For Sale, Batstone has connected business leaders, celebrities, politicians, and students to design strategic solutions for the 40+ million human slaves in the world today.

David Batstone
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David Batstone (right) speaking at a Not for Sale event with fellow abolitionist Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (left)
OccupationEthics professor
Notable work
Not for Sale, Saving the Corporate Soul
Theological work
Tradition or movementliberation theology
Main interestsHuman trafficking, slavery

David Batstone is an ethics professor at the University of San Francisco and is the founder and president of Not for Sale.[1]

Batstone is also a journalist and the president and founder of Right Reality, an international business that engages in social ventures.[2] He is a leader in Central American Mission Partners, a human rights group. As a representative of this group, he met with Bono through Glide Memorial Church during A Conspiracy of Hope, a concert tour in support of Amnesty International.[3] Before becoming a human rights activist, Batstone was a Silicon Valley venture capitalist.[4]


Batstone works with entrepreneurs and investors to create forward-thinking companies that return dignity to people and planet; and shares his unique model for developing successful enterprises that create opportunities for everyone. His groundbreaking work has earned him numerous awards. Most recently the United Nations Women for Peace Association selected him as their annual Peace Award winner in 2017. He also was awarded in 2017 the Harari Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation prize (USF School of Management award).

David Batstone also teaches in the department of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at University of San Francisco’s School of Management. Previously a private equity banker in the technology industry, Dr. Batstone is published widely in both academia and the popular press. His five books feature entrepreneurship at the crossroads of business and society. USA (Today) Weekend describes Batstone as “one of the country’s leading authorities on ethics in the business world."

In 1997 Dr. Batstone was one of the founding team members of Business 2.0 magazine, which burst onto the publishing scene with National Magazine Award “Best New US Magazine." Time-Warner acquired Business 2.0 magazine in 2001. Dr. Batstone also has been a contributor to The New York Times, Wired, The Chicago Tribune, Spin, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Batstone wrote the book Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade - and How We Can Fight It, in which he wrote about human trafficking and how social inequality and poverty make it easy for traffickers to find girls to traffick.[5] Julie Clawson wrote positively of this book, writing that she appreciated Batstone's "audacity in telling story after story of modern-day slavery."[6] While still a student, Batstone studied under William R. Herzog, who taught Batstone about the parables of Jesus.[7] Batstone is an advocate of workplace spirituality, about which he wrote in his 2003 book Saving the Corporate Soul.[8] He is also a liberation theologian who considers postmodernity an era in which "we wallow in private affluence while squatting in public squalor."[9] An anti-slavery activist,[10] at the 2012 Freedom and Honor Conference in Korea, a conference about slavery and human trafficking, Batstone was one of the two keynote speakers.[11]


  1. ^ Ryan Dobson; Christian Buckley (2010). Humanitarian Jesus: Social Justice and the Cross. Moody Publishers. p. 95. ISBN 1575674912.
  2. ^ "First Hour: Human Trafficking". ABC Online. June 4, 2008. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  3. ^ David Kootnikoff (2009). U2: A Musical Biography. ABC-CLIO. p. 57. ISBN 0313365237.
  4. ^ Zinko, Carolyne (26 March 2015). "Google, booze and virtual reality add fun to Neiman Marcus men's store party". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ Barrie Levy (2008). Women and Violence: Seal Studies. Perseus Books Group. p. 50. ISBN 0786726725.
  6. ^ Julie Clawson (2009). Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices. InterVarsity Press. p. 66. ISBN 0830878521.
  7. ^ William R. Herzog (1994). Parables As Subversive Speech: Jesus As Pedagogue of the Oppressed. Westminster John Knox. p. ix. ISBN 0664253555.
  8. ^ Lake Lambert (2009). Spirituality, Inc: Religion in the American Workplace. New York University Press. p. 110. ISBN 0814752535.
  9. ^ Paul Rasor (2005). Faith Without Certainty: Liberal Theology In The 21st Century. Unitarian Universalist Association. pp. 61–62. ISBN 1558965998.
  10. ^ Rosner, Mari (31 October 2015). "Slavery in the 21st Century: A Call to Action". McGill International Review. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  11. ^ Dylan Goldby; Daniel Sanchez; Matthew Lamers (March 20, 2012). "'Girls Are Not For Sale'". Groove Korea. Retrieved April 13, 2013.