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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



How to Do Business With Respect for Children’s Right to Be Free From Child Labour

December 2015 | Shift; International Labour Organization, International Organisation of Employers

This comprehensive guidance covers all aspects of implementing the Guiding Principles for companies, specifically focused on eliminating child labor.

How to Develop a Human Rights Policy

November 2015 | UN Global Compact

This foundational resource walks companies through the process of committing to respect human rights: developing a human rights policy.

Adding Human Rights Punch to the New Lex Mercatoria

October 2015 | John G. Ruggie and John F. Sherman III; Oxford Journal of International Dispute Settlement

This article argues that the Guiding Principles add significant “punch” to the private law of contracts when major international businesses require their partners and suppliers to comply with the Guiding Principles.

Mapping the Modern Slavery Act Against the UN Guiding Principles

July 2015 | Shift

This brief explains how the UK Modern Slavery Act aligns to the Guiding Principles, and how companies can meaningfully and efficiently meet expectations of both the Act and the Guiding Principles.

Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Normative Innovations and Implementation Challenges

May 2015 | John G. Ruggie and Tamaryn Nelson, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

This paper analyzes the use of the OECD National Contact Point system as a means to bring complaints against multinational corporations in relation to human rights impacts, and offers suggestions about how to strengthen the system.

Human Rights Due Diligence in High Risk Circumstances

March 2015 | Shift

This resource focuses on how to do human rights due diligence in high risk circumstances – and how to identify those circumstances in the first place.

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.

Key Terms on Business and Human Rights

February 2015 | Shift and Mazars; UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

This glossary provides standard definitions for key terminology on the topic of business and human rights.

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