- Björn Böhning
- Janez Cigler Kralj
- Filip Gregor
- Hubertus Heil
- Renata Jungo Brüngger
- Anousheh Karvar
- Shehar Bano Khan
- Joost Korte
- Christine Lambrecht
- Ana Mendes Godinho
- Dr Gerd Müller
- Dr Auma Obama
- Didier Reynders
- Prof John G. Ruggie
- Guy Ryder
- Dr Nicolas Schmit
- Paul Schoenmakers
- Isabelle Schömann
- Martin Shankland
- Rebekah Smith
- Dr Carsten Stender
- Julie Vallat
- Lene Wendland
- Lara Wolters
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
Björn Böhning was born in Geldern/Lower Rhine in 1978. He has a degree in Political Science and has been Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs since 2018. He is responsible for the policy areas of labour law, occupational safety and health, digital transformation of the world of work and international employment and social policy. Previously he was head of the Senate Chancellery of the Land of Berlin, Member of the Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and Federal Chairperson of the Young Socialists in the SPD.
Janez Cigler Kralj
Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal, Slovenia
Janez Cigler Kralj is Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Slovenia. He holds a master’s degree in political sciences from the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ljubljana. Prior to his political career he worked for a media company and the national scholarship fund. Between 2012 and 2020, he worked as a senior advisor for the political group of Nova Slovenija – Christian democrats (NSi) in the national assembly. He also presided the NSi employee association. A father of four, he is a former scout leader and active in several associations.
European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)
Filip Gregor is Chair of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and head of Frank Bold’s Responsible Companies Section. Since 2007 he has represented Frank Bold within the Steering Group of ECCJ. With 19 member groups representing over 450 organisations from 16 countries, ECCJ is the only European coalition bringing together campaigns and national platforms of NGOs, trade unions, consumer organisations and academics in order to promote corporate accountability.
Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
Hubertus Heil has been Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs since March 2018. Having studied political science, he is particularly committed to using his office to give everyone the chance to lead a self-determined life while providing protection and security in times of change. Since December 2019, Hubertus Heil has been Deputy Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), of which he has been a member since 1988. Since 1998, he has also represented the Gifhorn-Peine constituency in Lower Saxony with a direct mandate in the German Bundestag.
Renata Jungo Brüngger
Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Integrity and Legal Affairs
Since January 2016, Renata Jungo Brüngger has been a member of the Board of Management of the Daimler AG and the Mercedes-Benz AG, with responsibility for Integrity and Legal Affairs. She was born in Fribourg, Switzerland, in 1961. After completing her studies of law at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, she became a licensed attorney-at-law in 1989. While working as a lawyer, she completed an additional course of studies at the University of Zurich with a master’s degree in 1998. Renata Jungo Brüngger joined the Daimler AG as Head of Legal in 2011.
Representative of the French Government on the International Labour Organization Governing Board
Anousheh Karvar is the French Government representative to the International Labour Organisation Governing Body and the French Senior Task Officer to the G7 and G20 for Labour, Employment and Social Protection policies. Further, she has chaired the Alliance 8.7 since 2019. Karvar joined the General Inspectorate for Social Affairs in 2012 and was the Head of Labour and Employment Section of the office. She was formerly Deputy Director of the Minister of Labour’s cabinet and Counsellor to the President of the French Parliament. She holds a PhD in History and Sociology of Science.
Shehar Bano Khan
Journalist and activist
Shehar Bano Khan is a journalist and activist. Khan, who was born in Pakistan, focuses primarily on gender and human rights issues, such as violence against women and girls’ and minority rights. She publishes articles in national Pakistani newspapers and appears on television. She studied political science and gender studies as well as development economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of London, among others
Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EMPL), European Commission
Joost Korte was appointed Director-General of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in 2018. Previously he was Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Trade Department. The Dutch national served as Deputy Director-General in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department as well as in the Enlargement Department. A lawyer by training, Korte joined the Commission in 1991, following eight years of academic work on European law at the Universities of Utrecht and Edinburgh.
Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, Germany
Christine Lambrecht studied law in Mannheim and Mainz. After that she worked as a lawyer and was a lecturer in Trade Law and Company Law at Berufsakademie Mannheim. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1998. From 2013 to 2017 she was First Parliamentary Secretary of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). From 2018 to 2019 she was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance. Since June 2019 she has been the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection.
Ana Mendes Godinho
Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Portugal
Ana Mendes Godinho has been Portuguese Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security since October 2019. She was State Secretary for Tourism between 2015 and 2019, following roles as Vice-President of the Portuguese National Tourism Authority, and Member of the Board of Turismo Capital and of Turismo Fundos. She holds a postgraduate degree in labour law and a law degree from Lisbon University. She was a labour inspector and previously directed the Department for the Support of Inspection Activity.
Dr Gerd Müller
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Dr Gerd Müller was born in Krumbach/Swabia in 1955. He has a master’s degree in Business Education and has been Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development since 2013. After working for the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs and having served as a member of the European Parliament he became Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. Since 1994 Dr Müller has been a member of the German Bundestag for the Christian Social Union (CSU), representing the constituency of Oberallgäu.
Dr Auma Obama
Sociologist, journalist and author
Dr Auma Obama is the founder and chairwoman of the Auma Obama Sauti Kuu Foundation, keynote speaker, author and visiting lecturer for ecological and economic sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The sister of the 44th US President Barack Obama wants to help vulnerable people by giving them a voice. She was born and raised in Kenya and studied in Germany. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Heidelberg. She also concluded her studies at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and earned a doctorate from the University of Bayreuth.
European Commissioner for Justice
Didier Reynders was born in Liège 1958. He was Chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party) from 2004 until 2011. He was Member of the Belgian government from 1999 until 2019. He was Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs and Minister of Defense. He had a mandate of Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister until November 2019. In December 2019 he was appointed European Commissioner for Justice, in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection.
Prof John G. Ruggie
Former Special Representative of the UN-Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights
Prof John G. Ruggie is Berthold Beitz Research Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the cabinet of Kofi Annan from 1997 to 2001, and was Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights between 2005 and 2011. 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 and international law. He chairs the Board of Shift, a non-profit organisation.
Director-General of the International Labour Organization
Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization was first elected in 2012 and started a second term of office in 2017. His vision is for an ILO that anticipates and responds effectively to 21st century realities, reaching the most vulnerable and remaining true to its social justice mandate. He has served the ILO in various capacities including as Executive Director for labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work. From 2006 to 2010 he was General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Dr Nicolas Schmit
European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
Nicolas Schmit has been European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights since December 2019. Prior to this role, he held various positions in Luxembourg. He served as Minister for Labour and Employment from 2009 to 2018. From 1998 to 2004, he was the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the EU. In May 2019, he was elected a Member of the European Parliament for Lëtzebuerger Sozialistesch Aarbechterpartei, a social democratic party. Nicolas Schmit holds a doctorate in international economic relations and a master’s degree in French literature from the University of Aix‑Marseille.
Head of Impact
Paul Schoenmakers is responsible for the impact strategy and heads the impact team of Tony’s Chocolonely. The Dutch company wants to change the chocolate industry and supports other (chocolate) companies in assuming responsibility for their value chains and making chocolate 100 % slave-free. Schoenmakers is responsible for the relationship with the cocoa farmers supplying Tony’s and for all programmes and activities with and for partner cooperatives.
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
Isabelle Schömann is Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), heads ETUC policy on workers’ participation and European Works Councils, industrial policy, internal market legislation, digitalisation and artificial intelligence. The ETUC speaks with a single voice on behalf of 90 national trade union confederations in 38 countries, plus 10 European trade union federations, for stronger participation of workers in EU decision-making.
Member of the Executive Board, responsible for Global Operations
Martin Shankland was born in Australia in 1971. He has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales and completed the Professional Year Programme of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He started at adidas as Finance Director for adidas Russia/CIS in 1997 where he was Managing Director from 2000 to 2007. From 2017 to 2019 he was Emerging Markets Managing Director. In 2019 he was appointed to the Executive Board as Board Member responsible for Global Operations.
Deputy Director of the Social Affairs Department
Rebekah Smith is Deputy Director in the Social Affairs department of BusinessEurope. She has been working at BusinessEurope for ten years and in the field of EU affairs for fifteen years. She is a member of the management committee of the platform on EU implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She coordinates employer members of the European Foundation for Living and Working Conditions. Rebekah has a Master's degree in European studies and studied at Hull University in the UK and Osnabrück University in Germany.
Dr Carsten Stender
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany
Head of Directorate-General for European and International Employment and Social Policy
Dr Carsten Stender heads the Directorate-General for European and International Employment and Social Policy at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Prior to that he was responsible for the Vice Chancellor’s political coordination in the German Foreign Office. Dr Stender has many years of experience as a political consultant and legal advisor to the Presidium of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). He has a degree in law, earned a doctorate by doing research in the area of legislative techniques and has a master’s degree in Political Science and Public Management.
Vice President Human Rights
Julie Vallat has 20 years of experience in the field of human rights. Either in non-profit organizations, the French Ministry of Justice, as a lawyer or in companies. She spent ten years at Total, where she managed a network of local representatives in the oil and gas sector. In her work, she dealt with human rights and socio-environmental risks in complex settings worldwide and developed innovative solutions to achieve compliance with UN standards. In 2019, she joined L'Oréal as Vice President for Human Rights.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Chief of the Business and Human Rights Section
Lene Wendland is Chief of the Business and Human Rights Unit in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She directs the UN Human Rights’ Corporate Accountability and Remedy Project, which aims to enhance accountability and access to remedy in cases of business involvement in human rights abuses. She also directs the UN Human Rights B‑Tech Project aimed at applying the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to key human rights challenges related to digital technologies.
Member of the European Parliament
Lara Wolters is a Dutch member of the European Parliament for the S&D Group. She is a member of the Committee on Budgetary Control committee, in which she strives for a transparent and fraud-free Europe, and a member of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), where she fights for responsible business conduct. She is currently the JURI rapporteur for new EU legislation on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability.