The first pillar of the Guiding Principles provides recommendations on how states can meet their existing international human rights obligations to protect against business-related human rights abuses by creating an environment that is conducive to business respect for human rights, including by:
States also have obligations when it comes to providing remedy, which is addressed in Pillar 3.
FEATURED: Why do the Guiding Principles matter for national development finance institutions (DFIs)? This resource from the UK DFI, CDC -- developed with support from Shift -- explains why.
February 2017 | John G. Ruggie
In this keynote address to G20 countries, Shift Chair and Guiding Principles author John Ruggie argues that effectively managed global supply chains can be significant leverage points to make globalization work better for all.
September 2016 | Shift
In September 2016 we submitted comments to the Italian government to support its development of a National Action Plan on business and human rights.
August 2016 | Partners: Clinique internationale de défense des droits humains de l’Université de Québec à Montréal, Ernst & Young, Hermes EOS, Mazars, Walden Asset Management
Through our reporting program we engage with companies, governments, investors and others about how reporting can be a driver of improved business respect for human rights.
August 2016 | Partners: individual export credit agencies, development finance institutions and private banks
Beyond their own responsibility to respect human rights, financial institutions can play a critical role in helping to set expectations for virtually every other industry sector.
July 2016 | Partners: New Zealand Human Rights Commission; New Zealand Superannuation Fund
This educational and awareness series featured a week of discussions on business and human rights in New Zealand.
June 2016 | CDC - development financial institution of the UK government
This briefing note, issued by CDC, the development finance institution of the UK, aims to provide fund managers with a practical introduction to human rights.
May 2016 | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; UN Human Rights Council
This report, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, sets out guidance for states to improve access to judicial remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses.
March 2016 | Rachel Davis, Shift; Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect
This resource examines how companies can be involved in mass atrocity crimes, such as genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity, and how the responsibilities of states and companies intersect when human rights are at heightened risk.