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Caroline Rees

Caroline Rees

Caroline Rees has played a critical role in shaping rights-respecting business practice. The issues vary, but the approach is the same: to ensure that all business’ respect people’s dignity in everything they do, regardless of size, sector or location.

President and Co-Founder
Shift Project

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As President and Co-Founder of Shift, Caroline Rees is dedicated to advancing an agenda that places respect for people’s dignity at the core of how business gets done. For over a decade, Shift has partnered with Fortune 500 companies, national governments, financial institutions, prime sporting bodies, intergovernmental institutions and civil society organizations to advance this mission.

Caroline’s work has helped transform how we think about the role of the private sector with regards to human rights. Not only did she help develop the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, she also co-founded and leads a mission-driven organization that is dedicated to making these Principles the norm for how business gets done around the world.

On any typical day, Shift works with businesses across a wide variety of sectors to help identify and address the negative impacts that their operations could be having on people’s rights. The issues vary -from forced labor in garment supply chains and land rights in agriculture, to displacement of communities in the extractives sector and privacy issues around technology, to name a few. Yet, the approach is the same: to ensure that all businesses –regardless of their size, sector or location- place respect for people’s dignity at the core of their operations.