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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

Respect for Human Rights: Creating a Holistic Framework for Business Contributions to the SDGs

May 2017

This short framework for analysis and action offers a straightforward way for any company to work out how it should and can contribute to sustainable development.

Human Rights Reporting: Are Companies Telling Investors What They Need to Know?

May 2017 | Michelle Langlois, Shift; supported by the UK Department for International Development, EY and Hermes Investment Management

This research assesses 74 of the world's largest companies for their maturity in reporting on human rights.

Doing Business With Respect for Human Rights

November 2016 | Global Compact Network Netherlands, Oxfam, Shift

This comprehensive and foundational guide offers practical advice, experiences and insights to help companies respect human rights.

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.

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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