Steve focuses on:
- practical responses by businesses on human rights, including action to inform compliance with the Modern Slavery Act
- interpretation of international human rights and labour standards and advice on their practical implementation
- development of workplace and community grievance mechanisms
- human rights due diligence and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Steve is a co-founder of Ergon and has over 25 years’ experience in labour and human rights issues.
He has consulted to major international institutions, multinational companies, not-for-profit organizations and trade unions, including the ILO, World Bank Group, EBRD, the European Commission, London 2012, the ETI, UK Department for International Development and OSCE. He has worked in more than 20 countries across sectors including oil and gas, mining, retail, agribusiness, finance, and clothing and merchandise supply chains.
Steve has particular expertise in facilitating stakeholder dialogue and in devising and managing grievance and dispute resolution mechanisms in line with the UN Guiding Principles, including for the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is a expert member of the Independent Complaints Mechanism of DEG and FMO.
Before Ergon, Steve was head of employment law at Incomes Data Services, the UK’s largest labour relations research centre. He is a UK-qualified lawyer, a regular conference speaker and the founder of the UK’s leading online training company for lawyers, CPDCast®.