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 affairs, in both national and international contexts:

  1. Business & Human Rights, globally
  2. International labor/industrial Relations, including European Works Councils
  3. Public/government affairs & politics, at national, EU and international levels

Rutger gained this experience through work at the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) supporting the development of the social European Sustainability Reporting Standards; at HEINEKEN, as Global Public Affairs Manager and Manager for International Labor Relations, where he was responsible for international labor relations and labor & human rights; as International Public Affairs Manager and as Manager for International Labor Relations at the Postal & Express Company TNT. His first practical experience in Labor Rights & Relations and Public Affairs was as Secretary of International Social Affairs for the Dutch Employers’ Federation (Algemene Werkgeversvereniging VNO-NCW).

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.