Luciana Souto has more than eight years of experience in corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, risk and impact assessments, capacity building/training and stakeholder engagement, with a strong background in emerging markets and the extractive sector in Latin America and Africa.
She has extensive knowledge in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as well as other international social standards and principles relating to extractive minerals, including IFC performance standards and ICMM principles.
Luciana has experience in developing due diligence strategic plans to manage social risks, including aspects for Supply Chain and M&A projects, corporate human rights policies and capacity building initiatives, addressing topics such as: discrimination, gender and ethnic issues, security risks, relation with indigenous communities, involuntary resettlement, sexual exploitation of children and forced labour.
Her experience also encompasses monitoring and reporting social indicators (Sustainability Report - GRI methodology), developing sustainable social investment initiatives, as well as supporting resettlement activities in Brazil, Argentina and Mozambique.
Luciana has proven ability to work in complex socio-political and cultural environments, as well as managing multiple projects whilst meeting challenging deadlines and targets. She has experience with institutional strengthening of community based organizations and stakeholder engagement strategies with various representatives, local governments, international and non-governmental organizations, such as UN Agencies, ICMM, InterAmerican Development Bank and Human Rights Watch.
In addition, Luciana has legal experience with business and human rights disputes, particularly focused on cases concerning corporate complicity with international crimes; but also in investigations related to allegations of corruption and cartel formation in connection with large government construction contracts in Brazil. She has also organized events on human rights legal risks for businesses, addressing: human rights due diligence in the context of acquisitions; supply chain disruption; environmental and indigenous peoples’ issues and regulatory enforcement.
Luciana has a BA in International Relations at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and was awarded with a distinction scholarship to pursue a LL.M in International Legal Studies in the United Kingdom.
Luciana works in Portuguese, English and Spanish. She is based between London, UK, and Brazil.