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Steve Gibbons

SteveDirector - Labour and Human Rights

Steve is a co-founder of Ergon and is a specialist in international legal standards. He has over 25 years experience in devising and delivering consultancy, research, advice and training on a range of labour and human rights issues. He is a UK-qualified lawyer.

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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, the UK Department for International Development and OSCE. He has worked in country on projects in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Namibia, Zambia, Ukraine, Jordan, Albania, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Panama, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan and Hong Kong. He acts for a number of leading international companies as a consultant, advisor and trainer. He has worked on projects across many sectors, including oil and gas, mining, retail, agribusiness, the finance sector and clothing and merchandise supply chains. Recently he has been leading workshops for companies on the Modern Slavery Act.

As well as working on consulting and research projects, Steve has a particular expertise in facilitating stakeholder dialogue and also devising and devising and managing grievance and dispute resolution mechanisms in line with the UN Guiding Principles, including the procedure for the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is a expert member of the Independent Complaints Mechanism of DEG and FMO.

Steve also has many years experience delivering a range of learning and development and training programmes, including co-founding the UK's leading innovative online training company for lawyers CPDCast®. He is a regular conference speaker.

His particular professional interests include:

- Practical responses by businesses on human rights, including action to inform the Modern Slavery Act and other emerging business and human rights regulations

- The interpretation of international human rights and labour standards and advice on their practical implementation

- The development of workplace and community grievance mechanisms 

- Human rights due diligence (including impact assessments) and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

- Strategic management consultancy

- Devising engaging and effective training and learning products and activities.

Before Ergon, Steve was Head of Employment Law at Incomes Data Services, the UK’s largest labour relations research centre.

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