Vânia Maria da Costa Borgerth

Vânia Maria da Costa Borgerth is an accountant at Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) responsible for promoting transparency best practices, such as international accounting and auditing standards, corporate governance and the Integrated Report both in Brazil and abroad. She is also Coordinator of the Brazilian Integrated Reporting Network and Head of the Brazilian Delegation of Accountants at ISAR, a Division of UNCTAD. Vânia is Representative of BNDES at the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and a member of the Expert Panel of Accounting for Sustainability (A4S), 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, where she is also a lecturer. 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 Independent Human Rights Steering Group that advises directors at Marks & Spencer 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 Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School.

In 2005, then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed John as his Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, a post he continued to hold under the UN administration of Ban Ki-Moon until the end of his term in June 2011. At the close of his mandate, John presented to the UN Human Rights Council a set of Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. The Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles, establishing them as the authoritative global reference point on this issue.

John served from 1997 to 2001 as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning to Kofi Annan. Trained as a political scientist, he has made significant intellectual contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of economic and other forms of globalization on global rule making.

Edward E. Potter

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

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 de Albuquerque 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.