In his role as a Senior Associate at Shift, Rutger focuses on corporate human rights due diligence, supporting companies to assess, address, prioritize, and report potential human rights impacts. He guides companies on the practical application of the UNGPs, supporting the acquisition of internal buy-in and development of strategy and policies, risk assessment, external stakeholder engagement and collection of feedback, action-planning and communications and reporting.

Rutger’s expertise is in human rights, labor rights and public/government affairs, in both national and international and EU contexts. Rutger gained this experience through work at the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) supporting the development of the social European Sustainability Reporting Standards; 15 years at HEINEKEN, as Senior Manager for International Labor Relations, where he was responsible for international labor relations and labor & human rights and as Global Public/Government Affairs Manager; as International Public Affairs Manager and as Manager for International Labor Relations at the Postal & Express Company TNT (now part of FedEx). His first practical experience in Labor Rights & Relations and Public Affairs was as Secretary of International Social Affairs for the Dutch Employers’ Federation.

Rutger is an independent member of the Dutch OECD National Contact Point for responsible business conduct (NCP). The NCP mandate is to promote the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and related due diligence guidance, and to handle cases (referred to as “specific instances”) as a non-judicial grievance mechanism.

Rutger studied at the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University, where he specialized in Labor and Civil law. He speaks English and Dutch and is proficient in French, Spanish and German. He is based in Amsterdam.