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Richard Boele (Global Head, KPMG Business & Human Rights Network at KPMG Banarra)

Richard Boele

Global Head, KPMG Business & Human Rights Network at KPMG Banarra

To say Richard is passionate about human rights is something of an understatement. Richard has spent most of his work life championing the causes of the vulnerable and under-represented in a way that few do, most aptly demonstrated in almost 15 years running his own human rights consultancy, Banarra.

Today, as KPMG Partner for Human Rights & Social Impact Services, Richard draws on his cutting-edge social sustainability insights to help Boards and their chief executives navigate the inherent social risks associated with increasingly global and diverse operating contexts. His particular strengths are the social and governance dimensions of sustainability and leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments.

Richard understands the importance of teamwork. “When you’re looking to provide advice around difficult and grey areas such as social impact and human rights you have to take a team-based approach because the issues are just so complex. No single person has the solution.

”His goal is to see the corporate responsibility to respect human rights mainstreamed. “KPMG is a fantastic platform from which I can contribute to that.” When Richard is not at work, he is with his family helping to look after three children, two with significant disabilities.

Christian Ewert (President at Amfori)

Christian Ewert

President at Amfori

Christian Ewert is the President of Amfori, the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade, bringing together over 2,200 retailers, importers, brands and associations from more than 40 countries.

Amfori’s mission is to enable each of our members to enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly and drive open trade globally. These are major challenges and we need to work collaboratively to tackle them.

Prior to his role at amfori, Christian worked as President and CEO of ICTI CARE Foundation, the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) programme to promote social compliance in the supply chain producing for the toy and children's products industry. Christian previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Zapf Creation, Europe's leading manufacturer of branded play & function and collector dolls and doll accessories. For more than 10 years he held the position of Managing Director and Chairman of North Sails Lanka which is the leading manufacturer of products for the windsurfing industry, operating two factories and employing more than 1000 staff. Christian had previously held the position of the CEO of Mistral Sports, the market leader in the windsurfing industry. In Dec 2016, Mr Ewert has been named in a list of the top ten leaders responsible for contributing to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in China.