The Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative is led by Shift, the leading centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles, and international accountancy firm Mazars. The project team from Shift and Mazars would like to express their gratitude to all the individuals who participated in consultations that were held across the world and who provided comments on the ideas, concepts and drafts that culminated in the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. Below is the current project team.
Caroline Rees worked as a lead advisor to the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, from 2007 to 2011 and was closely involved in the drafting of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She is also is a Senior Fellow with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and previously spent 14 years with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Richard is an accountant by training with particular experience in the extractive industry. He is responsible for Mazars’ award winning business and human rights services which helps companies address their human rights risks as well as compliance with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act. Richard leads Mazars’ participation on the project team of the Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative.
Mairead joined Shift from the information and communications technology sector in Europe where she gained 19 years of experience in both strategic and operational positions. Most recently Mairead worked with Microsoft in their Legal and Corporate Affairs division as Corporate Affairs Manager for the Central and Eastern European regions. Within this role she worked with Microsoft’s 28 subsidiaries to engage with governments and bring a consistent policy and corporate social responsibility strategy to life.
Anthony leads Mazars’ board effectiveness practice. He played a key role in the development of Mazars’ Business. For Good initiative, co-authored Mazars’ Board Charter for Sustainable Success and helped to develop Mazars’ Board Polarities model. Anthony is a member of the FRC Financial Reporting Lab Steering Group and serves on the executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance.
Julie is a policy, advocacy and communications professional with broad international experience leading policy and advocacy initiatives in support of human rights. She has worked in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States as a journalist, humanitarian worker and advocacy and communications strategist. Prior to joining Shift, she was the Director of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement at the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).
Howard’s experience emanates from providing accounting, tax and consulting services for the middle market with an emphasis on food distribution and manufacturing. Howard leads the US team of Mazars’ Global Human Rights assurance and consulting practice. His main area of expertise is helping companies identify and address their human rights risks that they are actually or potentially facing.
Anna Triponel is an international human rights lawyer specialized in advising companies, their in-house legal departments, law firms and investors on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She advises and trains leading companies from a range of sectors on best practices for embedding responsible human rights risk management throughout their operations, and law firms on integrating corporate responsibility into legal practice.
Bill Mellon has over 30 years’ experience providing Governance Risk and Compliance consulting services to a variety of industries including insurance, financial services, Not-for Profit, Colleges and Universities and manufacturing organizations. Bill has extensive experience providing Sarbanes-Oxley services as well as creating and managing internal audit departments by analyzing risk areas, preparing and executing audit plans. Since 2013, Bill has been a key member of the RAFI project team providing insight to applying human rights related procedures in practice.
Michelle Langlois is a Canadian jurist specialized in international human rights law and clinical legal education. During her studies, she served as case manager and programme coordinator at the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights in Montréal, Québec. At Shift, Michelle works on the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database.
Sara is an international human rights lawyer. Prior to joining Shift, Sara served as a Legal and Policy Coordinator at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), where she led public-facing advocacy, multistakeholder consultation, government advisory work, and research and analysis related to National Action Plans on business and human rights, corruption in the context of large-scale land deals, and other business and human rights policy developments in diverse national contexts. At Shift, Sara works on the UNGP Reporting Database.
Eminent Persons Group
The Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative is overseen by an Eminent Persons Group that consists of leaders from a broad range of stakeholder backgrounds. The Eminent Persons Group provides strategic oversight of the project’s process and substance and advice on its overall direction. The members of the Eminent Persons Group are:
1. Helen Brand, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
2. Rafendi Djamin, Indonesian Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
3. Paul Druckman, Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Committee
4. Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive at the Global Reporting Initiative
5. Filip Gregor, Lawyer at Frank Bold
6. Peter Herbel, Former Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Total
7. Adam Kanzer, Managing Director, Director of Corporate Engagement and Public Policy, Domini Impact Investments LLC
8. Colin Melvin, Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Equity Ownership Services Ltd.
9. Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct
10. Christopher Ng, Regional Secretary of UNI Apro
11. Gro Nystuen, Member of Ethical Council of The Government Pension Fund of Norway
12. John Ruggie, Chair of Shift’s Board and former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights (Chair of the Eminent Persons Group)
13. Thomas Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the ASEAN CSR Network
Reports from all meetings of the Eminent Persons Group are available on the Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiatives page on the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.