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Our resource library features a curated mix of baseline educational material about the Guiding Principles, as well as thought leadership articles on key challenges and trends, and links to relevant collaborations.

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How can a company identify and prioritize its human rights risks? What options for remedy should be available to victims of corporate-related human rights abuses? What are governments expected to do when it comes to business and human rights? Hover over the dropdown tabs below to find answers to these questions and more.

Need to know what the Guiding Principles are? Jump to our dedicated introductory page on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We also recommend the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, which features a wealth of information and news related to business and human rights.

Protect

Pillar 1: States have a duty to protect human rights against abuse by third parties, including businesses. States are expected to do so by establishing appropriate policies, legislation, regulations and adjudication.

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Respect

Pillar 2: Businesses everywhere have a responsibility to respect human rights throughout their activities and business relationships. That means avoiding infringing on the rights of people, and addressing negative impacts where the business caused or contributed to them.

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Remedy

Pillar 3: Both states and companies have roles to play in ensuring that victims of business-related human rights abuses have access to effective remedy. Remedy means putting right any harm caused to people.

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Featured Resources

IBA Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers

June 2016 | International Bar Association

This foundational guidance, issued by the International Bar Association, is designed to help bar associations and business lawyers everywhere understand the Guiding Principles.

Business and Human Rights: A Five-Step Guide for Company Boards

May 2016 | Shift and UK Equality and Human Rights Commission

This short guidance provides “need to know” information for company leaders about how to meet the UN Guiding Principles’ expectations of doing business with respect for human rights.

“For the Game. For the World.” FIFA and Human Rights

April 2016 | John G. Ruggie; Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

This independent report by former Special Representative John Ruggie and Shift recommends how global football body FIFA needs to manage the far-reaching human rights risks associated with its activities and relationships.

Mapping the Modern Slavery Act Against the UN Guiding Principles

July 2015 | Shift

This brief explains how the UK Modern Slavery Act aligns to the Guiding Principles, and how companies can meaningfully and efficiently meet expectations of both the Act and the Guiding Principles.

UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

February 2015 | Shift, Mazars

The UNGP Reporting Framework and its 31 “smart” questions guide a company through the steps they should take to both manage human rights risks and report on them.

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