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October 16, 2019

Join our mission-driven team of experts in building a world where business gets done with respect for people’s dignity. Below you will find positions that are currently open.

101 Workshop: Putting the UN Guiding Principles into Practice

October 15, 2019

Shift will lead a one-day workshop on December 9 toi help businesses gain a good grasp of why they should act, and how to take its first steps. The hands-on workshop will draw on our practical experience of working with leading businesses from a wide array of industries – as well as with governments and civil society organisations.

Shift to Support the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union with its Flagship Conference on Business and Human Rights

September 17, 2019

Shift is proud to be supporting the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in convening its flagship conference ‘Business and Human Rights: Towards a Common Agenda for Action’, to take place in Brussels on December 2, 2019.

Fulfilling the State Duty to Protect: A Statement on the Role of Mandatory Measures in a “Smart Mix”

February 21, 2019

There is a growing number of national and international debates around mandatory measures to ensure business respect for human rights, and specifically, a) a binding international instrument on business and human rights and b) national legislation on mandatory human rights due diligence. In these debates, the UN Guiding Principles' expectation of a "smart mix" of implementation measures is often cited.

Caroline Rees' Remarks at the 2019 Expert Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains

February 21, 2019

Remarks by Caroline Rees on the role of the state according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at the Expert Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains, February 21, 2019, in Berlin.

John Ruggie Weighs In on Swiss Debate on Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence

March 22, 2018

Our Chair John Ruggie writes in a leading Swiss newspaper about the importance of the Swiss Parliament’s current consideration of a proposal to require human rights due diligence by Swiss business.

New Assurance Guidance Puts Human Rights at the Heart of Corporate Governance Debate

September 19, 2017

This new guidance from Mazars and Shift helps internal auditors and external assurance practitioners assess companies' human rights performance and reporting.

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