Vânia Maria da Costa Borgerth

Vânia Maria is the Head of CBARI – Brazilian Network for Integrated Reporting. She is the former Head Accountant at BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank), where she was responsible for promoting transparency best practices such as international accounting and auditing standards, corporate governance and the Integrated Report both in Brazil and abroad. During her time at BNDES, she represented the institution on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Vânia was also the Head of the Brazilian Delegation of Accountants at ISAR, a Division of UNCTAD.

Vânia is a member of the Expert Panel of Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) and a former member of the Advisory Council of the IFRS and the Consultative and Advisory Groups of the International Standard Board for Auditing (IAASB) and Accounting Ethics (IESBA).

She is a Ph.D. candidate in accounting at FUCAPE Business School. Vânia is the author of “SOX: Understanding the Sarbanes-Oxley Act” published by Thomson Learning in 2006.

Caroline Rees

CAROLINE REES | PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER

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As the President and Co-Founder of Shift, Caroline leads our strategic development and drives our thought leadership work on key challenges and opportunities in advancing corporate respect for business and human rights. Caroline speaks extensively at events around the world and frequently facilitates dialogue and debate amongst companies, governments, investors and civil society. In recent years, Caroline has focused on improving corporate human rights reporting as a catalyst for better human rights risk management, the central contribution of corporate respect for human rights to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals, and the advancement of better ways to measure corporate human rights performance through Shift’s Valuing Respect project.

Caroline previously spent 14 years with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 2003 to 2006 she led the UK’s human rights negotiating team at the UN and she ran the negotiations to establish the mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights. The success of this initiative led to Professor John Ruggie’s appointment and from 2007-2011 Caroline was a lead advisor on his team. She was deeply involved in the drafting of the Guiding Principles, and she led research and analysis on respect for human rights in the context of global supply chains as well as consultations and field testing on different types of non-judicial grievance mechanisms for victims of corporate human rights impacts.

From 2009 to 2011 Caroline was also the Director of the Governance and Accountability Program at the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and she remains a Senior Program Fellow there. Caroline also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights, the Advisory Board for Ethical Corporation and the Expert Network of the UN Global Compact. She is a member of the Practitioners Council of Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Project and of the Advisory Panel to the Capitals Coalition, and shares a seat with Shift’s Vice President Rachel Davis on the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Human Rights Advisory Committee.

Caroline’s prior British foreign service career covers Iran, Slovakia, the UN Security Council in New York and the European Union in Brussels. Caroline has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Caroline is a British national and speaks English, French and German.

Paul Druckman

Paul is a passionate global leader in capital market reform – from corporate governance to reporting and measurement, auditing and sustainability. He has recently taken on the role of Chairman of the World Benchmarking Alliance, which will help ensure that reform takes place through measurement. Paul’s highlights include being President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, chairing The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board and being on the City Takeover Panel. In addition, Paul was a Board member of the UK regulator, the Financial Reporting Council, and chaired its Corporate Reporting Council which sets UK accounting standards

He has a variety of roles currently – from chairing Clear Insurance to chairing a major FRC project on the Future of Corporate Reporting.

Paul is an Ambassador for A4S and an Honorary Professor at Durham Business School.

Professor John Ruggie

John is the Berthold Beitz Research Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has also taught at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California, and at Columbia University where he became Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs. From 1997-2001 John served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the cabinet of Kofi Annan; from 2002-2005 as Special Advisor to the Secretary-General for the Global Compact; and from 2005-2011 as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he has received numerous awards from academic and professional societies for his contributions to social science, public policy and the development of international law. In addition to serving as Shift’s Board Chairman, John is on the Board of Arabesque Asset Management Holding Company as well as Unilever’s Sustainability Advisory Council. His book, Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights, has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.

Edward E. Potter

Edward has spent his career supporting human, workplace and labor rights in senior positions in legal, intergovernmental and company contexts.

On July 1, 2020, Ed was appointed one of six US panelists for the Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, part of the enforcement mechanism of the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) labor protections, by the US Department of Labor and the US Trade Representative.

For 10 years, Ed was the Director of Global Workplace Rights for The Coca-Cola Company. From 2001, he also served as chairman of the US Council for International Business’ Labor and Employment Policy Committee. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights. Ed previously served on the US Department of Agriculture’s Consultative Group on Forced and Child Labor in Agriculture and the Department of Labor’s National Advisory Committee on Free Trade Agreements and Worker Rights.

Ed has an extensive background in international labor, workplace rights and employment law issues. Attending the International Labor Organization (ILO) Conference since 1982, Ed became the US Employer Delegate in 1997. In 1998, he was the employer spokesperson for the negotiation of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Between 2005 and 2011, he was the employer spokesperson on the ILO Committee on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations that holds countries accountable for their obligations resulting from the ratification of ILO conventions. In 2014, he was the employer spokesman that negotiated a forced labor Protocol and Recommendation that updates the 1930 ILO forced labor standard to encompass human trafficking and address prevention, protection and remedy gaps for forced labor.

Ed was an attorney practicing international labor and employment law in Washington, DC for 26 years and was a federal mediator for seven years.

Catarina de Albuquerque

Catarina is the Executive Chair of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) global partnership, which has the objectives of achieving universal access to clean water and adequate sanitation for all, always and everywhere. She was the first United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation (2008-2014), having played a pivotal role in the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights by the UN General Assembly in 2010. Between 2004 and 2008 she successfully chaired the negotiations of the UN Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which was approved by consensus by the UN General Assembly.

Catarina has been awarded the Portuguese Parliament Golden Medal for her work in the area of human rights and was honored by the Portuguese President with the Order of Merit for her work on human rights. She has chaired several negotiations at the United Nations in the areas of child rights and economic, social and cultural rights in representation of her own government and of the European Union. She has taught in several European and American universities and has been a consultant in the area of human rights for several European and UN agencies.