This collaborative project will equip and inspire companies to adopt coherent sustainable development strategies by embracing the power of initiatives that drive respect for human rights across operations and value chains.
PARTNERS: Danish Institute for Human Rights
While there is no doubt that the private sector has an important role to play in achieving sustainable development, business action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) often remains ad-hoc and disconnected from systematic efforts to increase corporate respect for human rights. By exploring the ways in which company initiatives to drive respect for human rights across their operations and value chains can contribute to sustainable development, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and Shift will build a bridge between these two related areas of responsible business conduct.
When the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in 2015, it called on businesses to “apply their creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges” while at the same time doubling down on their efforts to implement established standards such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
While it is clear that the private sector can unlock business opportunities through innovative products and new partnerships that aim to drive sustainable development, there is a need to further highlight the transformative potential of corporate respect for human rights as a positive driver of change for millions of workers, families, and communities affected by the operations and value chains of businesses.
With this project, Shift and DIHR will help equip and inspire companies to adopt coherent sustainable development strategies by embracing the power of initiatives that drive respect for human rights across operations and value chains. The project will consist of three main elements:
All materials will be accessible (free of charge) through the online platform.
After an initial development period, DIHR and Shift plan to launch a beta version of the online platform starting in March 2018 to collect feedback from companies and other users. We welcome expressions of interest from any party interested in participating in this phase of the project.
The final launch of the project is envisioned to take place at the 2018 OECD Responsible Business Forum.
For further information, please contact:
Cathrine Bloch Veiberg, Danish Institute for Human Rights: cph[at]humanrights.dk
Sara Blackwell, Shift: sara.blackwell[at]shiftproject.org