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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.

Publications



Respecting Trade Union Rights in Global Value Chains

October 2019 | Partners: Mondiaal FNV

Increasingly, businesses recognize their responsibility to respect human rights, including core labor rights like freedom of association and collective bargaining (jointly referred to as “trade union rights”). With this practical resource, Shift and Mondiaal FNV wish to equip companies with ideas and tools for taking action, in order to help close the gap between commitment and practice.

Doing Business with Respect for Human Rights Guide: Now Available in Spanish

February 2019 | Partners: Global Compact Network Netherlands, Oxfam

Hacer Negocios Respetando los Derechos Humanos es una guía completa para los empresas de todos los tamaños, industrias y lugares. Está dirigido al personal de la empresa que quiere saber más sobre cómo los derechos humanos son relevantes para el negocio, qué es lo que se espera que las empresas puedan hacer acerca de ellos y cómo hacerlo.

Human Rights Reporting in the Canadian Mining Sector

January 2019

Over the past few months, Shift has analyzed the human rights disclosure of 18 Canadian mining companies (traditional mining companies, along with a number of streaming and royalty companies). Our research revealed strengths and weaknesses of the sector’s reporting trends, which informed our key recommendations. Undoubtedly, analysis of the Canadian mining sector’s human rights disclosure can be a significant entry point for addressing human rights disclosure, and underlying human rights performance, of the mining industry globally.

Human Rights Reporting in France

September 2018

For 3 years, Shift’s Reporting Program has mapped and analyzed the human rights disclosure of over 130 companies around the world. In this special report, we are bringing the spotlight to France, where we have analyzed and dissected the reporting of the top 20 companies listed on the CAC 40 index (by market cap). The purpose of this two-part report is to evaluate the extent to which the new French legislation brings companies closer to the reporting expectations that were set by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Human Rights Opportunity (in collaboration with WBCSD)

August 2018 | Partners: World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Shift’s “The Human Rights Opportunity” offers 15 practical examples of how companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives are aiming to address human rights impacts and, at the same time, are showing great promise in delivering significant contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through this report, we seek to provide inspiration for how companies can harness innovation, leadership, influence and partnerships to tackle negative impacts in ways that maximize positive outcomes for people, in line with the SDGs.

Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights

July 2017 | International Bar Assocation

This handbook, published by the International Bar Association, aims to assist lawyers who seek to integrate business and human rights considerations into the advice they provide to clients in relation to M&A and commercial transactions.

Shift Submission on Potential Modern Slavery Act in Australia

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.

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.

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