The second pillar of the Guiding Principles provides a blueprint for businesses to prevent and address negative human rights impacts. This blueprint is made up of eight elements — click on the elements below to explore each one.
As companies implement the eight elements, they should also keep in mind these overarching concepts:
FEATURED: From checklist approaches to the blame game, Shift's President Caroline Rees highlights where companies stumble in their efforts to implement the Guiding Principles -- and shares insight about how to overcome these barriers. See the Viewpoint
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.
May 2017 | Caroline Rees
This short framework for analysis and action offers a straightforward way for any company to work out how it should and can contribute to sustainable development.
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.
January 2017 | Shift | Partners: Norges Bank Investment Management
Summary report from a workshop facilitated by Shift for Norges Bank Investment Management and investee companies
November 2016 | Global Compact Network Netherlands, Oxfam, Shift
This comprehensive and foundational guide offers practical advice, experiences and insights to help companies respect human rights.
November 2016 | Caroline Rees, Shift; Business and Sustainable Development Commission
Companies’ single greatest opportunity to contribute to human development lies in advancing respect for the human rights of workers and communities touched by their value chains.
November 2016 | John G. Ruggie
Respect for the dignity of every person is at the very core of the people part of sustainable development — and is critical for a socially sustainable globalization.