I believe that companies and investors want to respect people and the planet in how they conduct their business and invest, and that lawyers want to be forward-looking legal advisors fully equipped to advise their companies in this rapidly changing world.
However, it is not always easy to know how to do so.
What should I focus on? Who should I speak with? What do effective policies and policies look like in this area? What can I learn from peers? How can I take action faced with an endemic human rights issue in my supply chain? How do I bring my human rights and climate work together?
These are just the tip of the iceberg of the many questions I get asked by those working in companies, investors and law firms.
I work to empower companies, lawyers and investors to respect people and the planet in their work.
This includes by providing tailored and targeted information, supporting changes to day-to-day work as well as broader business strategies, bringing individuals together to change mindsets and building connections with stakeholders. I work with a range of internationally renowned business and human rights experts and organisations to meet the objective of enhanced respect for people and planet.
Anna Triponel is a business and human rights advisor. 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 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 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, 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.