The first pillar of the Guiding Principles provides recommendations on how states can meet their existing international human rights obligations to protect against business-related human rights abuses by creating an environment that is conducive to business respect for human rights, including by:
States also have obligations when it comes to providing remedy, which is addressed in Pillar 3.
December 2019 | Michelle Langlois
Au cours de la phase 1 de cette étude, Shift a analysé le reporting en matière de droits de l'homme des 20 plus grandes entreprises françaises de 2017 et début 2018, avant que les entreprises ne soient tenues de se conformer à la loi sur le devoir de vigilance. Dans cette deuxième phase, nous examinons leurs premiers plans de vigilance et leurs rapports de mise en œuvre de 2018 et 2019.
November 2019 | Michelle Langlois
This two-part study aims to uncover whether the French Duty of Vigilance Law, which imposes mandatory human rights due diligence and reporting, would have any influence on the maturity of the companies’ public disclosure, as measured against the expectations of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
In fulfilling their duty to protect human rights, states should 'consider a smart mix of measures -national and international, mandatory and voluntary. Yet despite this explicit encouragement to consider them in the UNGPs, mandatory measures have not been a central part of the mix considered in the first years of implementation. That is now changing. This publication touches on the current landscape of discussion and seeks to build bridges for conversations that can lead to meaningful outputs.
May 2019 | Partners: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands
Shift is supporting the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs as part of a process to engage leading Dutch business sectors in developing sector-based covenants to address “international CSR” risks.
February 2019 | Rachel Davis
An interview with Rachel Davis, Co-founder and Managing Director at Shift. As a senior legal advisor to former UN Special Representative John Ruggie during his mandate, Shift’s Rachel Davis played a key role in the drafting process of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Seven years into the implementation of the UNGPs, she reflects on the relevance of mandatory measures in the State duty to protect and the growing debate around comprehensive mandatory human rights due diligence legislation.
In collaboration with leading civil society organizations, we call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres and United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017 participants to connect sustainable development with business respect for human rights.
June 2017 | Shift
In May 2017 we submitted a position statement to the Australian government regarding its consideration of creating a regulation on business responsibility related to modern slavery.
February 2017 | John G. Ruggie
Author of the Guiding Principles and Shift Chair John Ruggie writes to the President of the European Commission calling for greater EU leadership on business and human rights issues.