As a Senior Associate with Shift, Mark co-leads our Valuing Respect project focused on developing better ways to evaluate business respect for human rights.
As a part-time Senior Associate with Shift, Mark co-leads our Valuing Respect project focused on developing better ways to evaluate business respect for human rights. He has extensive insight into how businesses implement the UN Guiding Principles in practice. As a trained moderator and facilitator, Mark has deep interest and experience in leading processes that address complex challenges and lead to practical outcomes.
Mark was previously the Executive Director of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) which he co-founded in 2009. During this time, he led the development of GBI’s cross-industry peer learning program that addressed the daily realities and dilemmas of doing business with respect for human rights. Areas of focus included human rights management strategies, governance and culture, business relationships and leverage, integration of human rights into core business processes and tracking performance. Through GBI’s outreach program, Mark has been a lead figure in broadening awareness and uptake of the Guiding Principles around the world including in India, China, Kenya and Brazil. Under Mark’s stewardship the organization became a go-to place for like-minded business associations, policy makers, the UN and civil society organizations seeking practitioner insights to inform their own work.
When not working with Shift, Mark works as an independent advisor. His recent work includes a project on leverage in corporate lending and project finance for the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on International Responsible Business Conduct, and the development of a program of work on new digital technologies for the Institute for Human Rights and Business. Over the years, Mark has designed and delivered training and capacity building around the world to business leaders, NGO representatives and students. He has also conducted factory and mine assessments, and field visits in several countries with a focus on India where he was based between 2009 and 2012.
Mark has authored or contributed to a number of publications including: The Transformative Nature of Respect (Allen and Overy business and human rights journal), a chapter on responsible business in Myanmar in Business and Human Rights in South East Asia – Risk and the Regulatory Turn (Routledge), and the State of Play of Respect for Human Rights in Business Relationships, a joint GBI and Institute for Human Rights and Business report.
Mark has a first-class Honors degree in politics theory from Queen Mary, University of London. He is trained in various dialogue and facilitation methods including scenario planning, organizational constellations, deep democracy and the art of hosting. Mark is a British national.