Richard Boele was one of the first people in the world to have a corporate job with ‘human rights’ in its title.
Boele began his journey in corporate human rights with Anita Roddick’s Body Shop in 1995.
Roddick was a ground breaker, introducing the idea that customers should think about the impact of their purchases on human and animal rights and the environment. Boele was her Human Rights Campaigns Manager.
He will explore his journey with the audience at this year’s IEU Support Staff Conference My Values, My Work on Friday, 13 September at the Mercure Sydney.
The conference examines what values people get out of and put into their work and lives more generally, and Boele is the perfect keynote to talk about values in the workplace.
Now Partner with KPMG Banarra, Human Rights and Social Impact Services, Boele founded Banarra Ltd in 2004 as a human rights consultant and change agent, working with well known organisations such as financial services, mining, infrastructure and others. KPMG acquired Banarra in 2015.
Boele said his passion for human rights evolved from many sources, including his mother’s struggles in working class Rotterdam, his own experience backpacking in Tibet and witnessing human rights protestors being shot down by the authorities and his Buddhist faith.
“I have been fortunate to find work where my role allows me to be an advocate for my values.