With a 36-year career focused on labour and human rights, Brent Wilton has been a key player in the inception and development of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights. From 1999 to 2015 Brent was appointed to the International Organisation of Employers in Geneva, becoming Secretary General in 2012.
Brent's work at the IOE covered all areas of labour and social policy debate in a range of UN and multi-lateral organisations such as the OECD, European Commission and Human Rights Council, and in 2006 Brent created a network of MNEs that still meets twice a year to connect companies with public policy developments whilst also bringing MNE experience into the work of the IOE. In 2007 with the support of the Coca-Cola Company, the US Chamber and the US Council for International Business he created an annual Human Rights Conference which has run annually ever since, with speakers including Michelle Bachelet, Guy Ryder, John Ruggie, Cherie Blair and Sharan Burrow. In 2015, Brent took up the position of Director of Global Workplace Rights at Coca-Cola, during which he led on developing the company’s first human rights report and became a member of the FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board. Brent retired from the Coca-Cola Company in November 2020 and now works as a human rights consultant in New Zealand.