Business and human rights: a key seat at the table

While I’ve moved around in my career, from politics to journalism to humanitarian assistance and now to work with the private sector, I always say there’s a common thread.

Every single individual has a responsibility to promote human rights and I see myself as moving around a “table” of key entities that play various roles in protecting and respecting human rights. These days I find myself at the seat at the table with businesses.

Having spend the last year plus working with the EICC and its 100 electronics companies members on responsible supply chains, I’m very pleased to now be consulting with Shift, an independent, non-profit center for business and human rights practice. Shift is operated by the people behind the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Shift’s team of experts supports governments, businesses and rights holders to implement the Guiding Principles in their activities around the world.

I’ll probably be a bit quiet while I get up and running with Shift, but I’m looking forward to being more active on this blog in the near future. I’m looking forward to writing more soon!

Ok, so I have a new job.

This blog is not about my personal life (although it does reflect my personal and professional opinions). However, my new job is probably worthy of an announcement.

Four weeks ago I flew from Berlin, Germany to Washington, D.C. to start a new position in a new field. After over a year of reflection and many discussions with some stalwart supporters, I’m trying out the world of corporate social responsibility (CSR)/sustainability. I’m now the Director of Communications for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), which is a coalition of electronics companies working together to improve their impact on human rights and the environment throughout their supply chain. Continue reading