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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 Can Businesses Impact Human Rights?

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

This concise table includes a summary list of internationally recognized human rights, provides a short explanation of each right, and offers examples of how business activities could impact the right.

Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

January 2015 | Shift and Pacific Institute; UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate

This comprehensive guidance covers all aspects of implementing the Guiding Principles for companies, specifically focused on the rights to water and sanitation.

Evidence of Corporate Disclosure Relevant to the Guiding Principles

June 2014 | Shift

This resource analyzes corporate reporting from 43 companies between 2013 and 2014 to examine how they report on human rights in line with expectations of the Guiding Principles.

Organizing the Human Rights Function Within a Company

May 2014 | Shift; UN Global Compact

This UN Global Compact good practice note examines different models for how companies assign responsibility for human rights within the company, and compares relative merits of each model.

Remediation, Grievance Mechanisms and the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

May 2014 | Shift

This resource reviews what companies are expected to do to provide remedy when human rights impacts have already occurred, whether in their own operations or in their value chains, in line with the Guiding Principles.

Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector

May 2014 | Rachel Davis and Daniel Franks; Shift and Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

This groundbreaking research quantifies the costs of getting stakeholder engagement wrong in the extractives sector – namely, the costs of conflict between extractive companies and local communities.

The UN Guiding Principles for the Business Lawyer

February 2014 | John F. Sherman III, Shift; Juriste International

This short article lays out why business lawyers need to understand the Guiding Principles and consider human rights as part of due diligence they perform for clients and companies.

Business and Human Rights Impacts: Identifying and Prioritizing Human Rights Risks

January 2014 | Shift

This report reflects learning from a workshop with 12 Dutch companies together with expert stakeholders about how companies can identify and prioritize human rights risks and test their findings through stakeholder engagement.

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