Thomas Trier, Chief Advisor on Responsible Business Conduct
"Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals starts with respect for human rights. No company or project can truly claim that they are sustainable if they neglect severe negative impacts on human rights."
Thomas Trier, Chief Advisor on Responsible Business ConductOpen positions
Chief AdvisorT: +45 5161 2359
Welcome to our recent joiner
Here you will meet our new Chief Advisor, Thomas Trier. Thomas has recently joined our Strategic Sustainability Consulting team in Copenhagen. With more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of human rights, Thomas joins Ramboll as a specialist in responsible business conduct.
You can learn more about Thomas Trier and his professional background in this Q&A.
What do you work with?
I am a specialist in responsible business conduct and in particular human rights and anti-corruption. I will be working with developing our offerings in this field either as a stand-alone service or integrated into existing client relationships and market areas. We will be building on in-house capacity, but also expand the capacity as well as make use of external experts, when relevant.
What made you want to join Ramboll Management Consulting?
I have always had a soft spot for Ramboll, I think. After I graduated from law school in the late nineties, Ramboll was one of the first companies, I applied to for a job. Having worked with human rights and responsible business conduct for many years, I believe that working in company like Ramboll Management Consulting will provide me with a unique opportunity to engage in interesting projects and clients with a great potential to promote responsible business conduct as an integrated part of our services.
Unlike other companies, I also find it very interesting and key to our success that we have access to technical expertise within the market areas as well as sustainability management expertise in Ramboll Management Consulting.
What is the most significant professional experience you have had so far?
With more than 20 years of working experience from Denmark and abroad, it is difficult to identify one single experience. I have been a judge, heading the courts of Greenland and implemented a justice sector reform for Greenland.
I have worked as a fundamental rights expert for the EU Commission in the Balkans, discussed human rights with the government of Iran and been in Benghazi, Libya training civil society in constitutional law when the US consulate got attack in 2012.
All significant professional experiences but working as a human rights manager for the FIFA World Cup 2022 for 16 months in Qatar is probably the most challenging and interesting experience, so far.
What is the most exciting development within your field of work?
The most exciting development in my field was the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the UN Council for Human Rights in 2011. I wrote my final paper in law school in 1997 about business and human rights at a time where very few companies worked systematically with human rights and lawyers did not pay any attention to this field of law.
The Guiding Principles were a milestone by introducing respect for human rights as the responsibility of companies and human rights due diligence as the methodology to implement that responsibility. I built my career as a lawyer on advising companies on how to apply these principles.
How are you planning on bringing this to our clients?
Responsible business conduct, including the UN Guiding Principles, will be the main focus of the services that we are going to provide to our clients. Our services will, for instance, include support to the development of company policies aligned with international standards and embedding these policies into the management of companies.
It may also be support to companies in applying due diligence, including conducting human rights risks or impact assessments or tailor-made training for management and key staff.
How do you define the higher purpose of what you do?
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals starts with respect for human rights. No company or project can truly claim that they are sustainable if they at the same time neglect severe negative impacts on human rights. Failure to respect human rights is likely to also impact the company’s reputation, access to resources and license to operate.
What is your best source of inspiration?
I love watching news and documentaries and reading articles relevant for my work. However, I have realised over the years that every person has a story to tell and interacting with other people, regardless who they are, is at the end of the day what inspires and motivates me the most.
At my desk I always have…?
Coffee cup – I am a big fan of coffee, but not addicted, of course.
If I had the skills, I would love to be…?
Professional football player is the obvious answer for someone who has a passion for football, but it is probably a bit too late now. Perhaps, I should become the owner of a football club instead.
Facts about our recent joiner:
As part of the Strategic Sustainability Consulting team, Thomas will focus on responsible business conduct and in particular human rights and anti-corruption.
Thomas holds a Master of Laws.