Çiğdem is a qualified lawyer and a BHR expert with a PhD in public law with thesis on “A Right-Based Approach to Companies’ Human Rights Responsibility: Human Rights Due Diligence”
In 2016, Dr. Çımrın established her own private practice with the purpose of contributing back to society by taking on the challenge of safeguarding rights and freedom in a very complex country setting. Because, after a decade long intensive years at international law firms advising investors in transactions as a corporate lawyer, she came to an afflictive conclusion that “business as usual” poses serious risks and irrevocable damages to people and people’s habitat. Her PhD studies on public law facilitated this transition as she had found an important venue (BHR) where she could blend her professional experience with her academic studies on human rights.
In 2017, she was appointed as the National Consultant at the “Giving Refugees a Voice Project”. The goal of the project was to show that the use of Syrian workers in the Turkish apparel supply chain is systemic. They used a technology-based tracking system and confirmed their findings by making spot checks to upstream suppliers in designated locations, which enabled them to expose actual labour conditions in lower tiers.
She has continued advising local and international NGOs operating in humanitarian sector and public-benefit agencies on sustainable and legally compliant operation strategies. She has also worked with for-profit-organizations from different sectors. She has supported companies in developing solutions both strategic and operational levels and help them to build the vision, systems and capacity that they (and their extended supply chain partners) need for tackling modern slavery.
For the past three years, she has been managing the Centre for Child Rights & Business’ Turkey projects as its Country Lead and facilitating the Centre’s networking and collaboration activities by acting as its representative in Turkey.
Dr. Çımrın also advises ILO and UNDP in a project on responsible business conduct in Turkey.