Anna Triponel is a business and human rights advisor and principal consultant at Triponel Consulting.
Anna works with companies from a range of sectors to strengthen their management systems to identify and address their human rights risks — both in their operations and in their extended supply chains. She advises on embedding relevant policies, designing human rights due diligence processes, managing supply chain risks and structuring remedy. She provides guidance on implementing the UK Modern Slavery Act, recommends actions to take to tackle systemic human rights issues, and conducts human rights impact assessments in higher-risk environments.
Anna advises investors on leading practices for investor human rights due diligence, including on methods to strengthen the screening processes for investee companies and relevant actions to take to address and reduce their human rights risks.
She works with in-house and law firm lawyers to equip them with the tools necessary to advise their companies as the soft law contained in the UN Guiding Principles becomes increasingly binding. She co-facilitates the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process initiated by law firms Allen & Overy, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, Debevoise & Plimpton, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells International, Norton Rose Fulbright and White & Case.
Anna is Project Advisor at Shift, Honorary Associate at UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Law, Senior Peace Fellow at the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), Social Enterprise Consultant at the World Bank and Business and Human Rights Ombudsperson to Hermes Parcelnet.
Anna previously served as legal consultant with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, providing input into the work of John Ruggie to develop the UN Guiding Principles – the global authoritative standard of how states and businesses should uphold human rights, subsequently endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council.
As an advisor with Shift, the leading centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles, she played a key role in the development of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, the authoritative framework on human rights communication.
Prior to this, she created the New York office of a global pro bono law firm nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – PILPG – where she advised on human rights, transitional justice and reform in Burma, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Somaliland, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Anna previously practiced corporate law at the law firm of Jones Day in New York, where she advised multinational companies on cross-border business transactions, joint venture, private equity and risk management. She founded and led the firm’s International Law Pro Bono Group advising clients on international law and human rights. She was previously an advisor to the World Bank, advising on the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education.
Anna is a (non-practicing) lawyer qualified in New York, England and Wales and France. She is the recipient of various awards, including the Seymour-Reuben Award for shaping international law and the Empire State Counsel Award for changing the lives of those unable to afford counsel. Anna has a Masters in International Law (LL.M.) from American University Washington College of Law and a law degree in common and civil law from the University of Paris X.