We are a boutique business and human rights advisory services firm.
- We have in-depth knowledge and understanding of how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) apply in practice to inform a company’s human rights risk profile and relevant mitigation measures. We played a role in developing the applicable standard as well as relevant guidance that underpins their application.
- We have traveled around the globe to support a wide range of companies in implementing human rights risk methodology in practice. Our particular area of expertise relates to supporting companies in the building of leverage to mitigate human rights risks in higher-risk contexts. In addition to working with companies, we focus on building investor and lawyer capabilities to identify, assess, and mitigate human rights risks associated with their activities and services.
- We bring knowledge of the latest cutting edge insights, research and studies on areas of business and human rights and the environment (e.g. related to governance, embedding and culture, modern slavery, tracking progress, communicating, assessing impacts). We review all the latest research and studies available as part of our weekly ‘Business, People and Planet’ update received by hundreds in the business and human rights community.
- From being in the business and human rights field from its beginnings, we also bring strong and collaborative relationships with leading organisations and experts around the world. We are regularly solicited for expert contributions and inputs to high profile and high-risk projects around the world. Our founder is regularly featured in the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters and other media outlets.
We are passionate about empowering individuals within the private sector to create necessary change to ensure respect for people.
- We are experts in what it takes to conduct quality human rights due diligence. We connect the dots within companies on how to build structures for effective human rights due diligence, including considering elements for a rights-respecting corporate culture and quality grievance channels.
- We are experts in meaningful stakeholder engagement. We are empathetic listeners, who are able to aptly gather, and translate, issues and concerns raised by stakeholders into human rights issues and prioritise them for action for companies – based on the international methodology for human rights prioritisation.
- We are experts in building leverage to tackle high-risk human rights issues. We take an eco-system approach to salient human rights issues, recognising the root cause of issues and the many drivers of change that may be possible for companies to consider to tackle and mitigate issues.
We bring people along on the journey of human rights respect – whether they work within companies, law firms, asset managers, financial institutions, or other organisations.
- We recognise that respecting human rights is a path made of many stepping stones. We are conscious and mindful of the real challenges our clients face, while supporting their journey along the path by placing relevant stepping stones, where needed, at various points in the journey.
- We always have the end goal in mind, and the interim steps needed to get there. There are often multiple ways to reach the end goal of respect, and what works for one client may not work for another. A tailored approach is needed at all times.
We are at the cutting edge of the latest thinking in the field of business and human rights.
- We are intent on building on the cutting edge thinking in this area, including relating to creating rights-respecting corporate culture, defining quality human rights due diligence for upcoming legislative developments and designing helpful and appropriate key performance indicators for the tracking of human rights-related performance.
- We support the legal field by acting as convenor of the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process which brings together leading law firms to drive forward their implementation of the UNGPs.
- We support the investment field by acting as a member of the Advisory Council of the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI), as well as acting as a contributor to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) – alongside our client-facing investment work.
We are breaking down silos and creating connections between planet-related work and people-related work.
- We are intent on operationalising climate justice in practice: what does it mean in practical terms for companies to place the people most vulnerable to climate change at the heart of climate actions? How does this people-centred approach to climate change yield different results than what companies are doing already when it comes to greenhouse gas reduction commitments?
- We are intent on operationalising just transition in practice: what does it mean in practical terms for companies to consider and integrate workers who will be adversely impacted by the transition to a net zero economy? What does it mean in practical terms for companies to consider the human rights impacts of their environmental commitments (e.g. related to renewable energy, recycled packaging and zero deforestation)?
- We are intent on considering future human rights impacts related to the climate crisis as part of human rights due diligence: what does it mean in practical terms for companies to consider inter-generational justice as part of their human rights due diligence efforts? How do environmental impacts inter-sect with human rights impacts?
- We dedicate 25% of our time pro bono to supporting the wider community break down silos between the environment and human rights.
We work with the best in the field of business and human rights.
We operate an umbrella model. We work with a range of internationally renowned business and human rights and environmental senior advisors, advisors and researchers to meet client objectives of enhanced respect for people and planet embedded into their business processes. We pull teams together flexibly, to ensure clients benefit from the right level of expertise and skill, while ensuring cost efficiencies.
Over the years, we’ve worked with companies – large and small – from a wide range of sectors. We’ve also worked with a number of law firms, asset managers and financial institutions.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss any particular projects, sectors or themes you’d be interested in finding out more about.
Anna Triponel is a strategic advisor on business and human rights and founder of Triponel Consulting. She 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 relevant laws, 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 bringing together law firms Allen & Overy, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, Debevoise & Plimpton, Eversheds, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells International, Norton Rose Fulbright and White & Case.
Anna is Senior Advisor at Shift, Honorary Associate at UCL’s Centre for Ethics and Law, Senior Peace Fellow at the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), and Social Enterprise Consultant at the World Bank.
Previously, Anna was consultant at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, providing input into the work of John Ruggie to develop the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – the global authoritative standard of how states and businesses should uphold human rights, 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 Business Sustainability Management certificate from the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an MBA Essentials from the London School of Economics (LSE), 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.
Read Anna Triponel’s interview with changemaker magazine cylindr here
Please note that Anna Triponel is no longer a practising solicitor and does not purport to provide legal advice.
Maddie Wolberg is a business & human rights professional with 7 years of experience in policy, strategy, advocacy, stakeholder engagement and research. Most recently, she served as Assistant Manager of Global Sustainability at Tiffany & Co., where she managed the company’s approach to human rights across its value chain and worked on Tiffany’s 2025 sustainability strategy, corporate transparency efforts, responsible mining and raw materials traceability, labor rights and employee well-being, and stakeholder engagement. Prior experience includes work on diverse human rights and corporate accountability topics for the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the U.S. Department of State, NGO Inclusive Development International, and the UN Global Compact. She holds a Master of International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College at Columbia University.