About CREATe

Who We Are

The Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe.org) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a mission to promote leading practices in intellectual property (IP) and trade secret protection, cybersecurity and anti-corruption.

What We Do

To achieve our mission, CREATe.org conducts a range of activities – from publishing reports and whitepapers, working with leading practitioners and experts through Advisory Councils, and contributing insights to a range of publications and events – designed to provide practical resources to educate organizations about the leading approaches to managing risk and improving governance and compliance.

Our Expertise

The CREATe team is made up of experts on IP and trade secret protection, anti-corruption, supply chains, compliance and management systems. Members of our team have managed programs to improve global supply chain integrity for leading brands; designed and deployed IP protection programs around the world; and spearheaded anti-corruption initiatives in the private sector as well as in concert with national governments and international institutions.

CREATe’s Advisory Council includes leading academics, former government officials and practitioners from around the world.


Our History

CREATe was founded in 2011 by Pamela Passman, former Deputy General Counsel for Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft.

While at Microsoft, Ms. Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work in more than 100 countries. For nearly six years, she headed legal and corporate affairs in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China.

During her tenure at Microsoft, Ms. Passman recognized that many companies have spent years developing robust management systems and best practices to protect IP and prevent corruption. Her vision was for the private sector to play a greater role in driving the adoption of responsible business practices throughout the global supply chain, creating a culture of IP protection and compliance in markets across the world.

CREATe was founded with start-up grants from Microsoft Corporation.