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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.

Initial Statement by FIFA’s New Independent Human Rights Advisory Board

March 16, 2017

Shift's Rachel Davis chairs the Advisory Board, building on our work providing recommendations to FIFA on human rights.

Business Risks Missing Out on its Best Chance to Contribute to Sustainable Development

November 14, 2016

Respecting human rights must be at the heart of any company’s contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dutch Banks, Government, Unions and Civil Society Sign Groundbreaking Agreement on Business and Human Rights

November 2, 2016

The development of the agreement was facilitated with support from Shift.

IBA Issues Groundbreaking Practical Guide on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers

June 8, 2016

Guidance is designed to help bar associations and business lawyers understand the Guiding Principles, how they can be relevant to the advice they provide to clients, and their potential implications for law firms as business enterprises.

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