The fourth step of human rights due diligence is communicating about the company’s efforts to prevent and address human rights risks. This means that the company should be prepared to demonstrate the effectiveness of its efforts in practice. There will be a range of audiences for the company to consider, ranging from affected stakeholders to shareholders and investors, to human rights experts to governments and others who are interested in or concerned about the company’s human rights performance. Companies whose operations or business relationships involve severe human rights risks should report formally on their efforts.
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March 2020 | Nora Mardirossian
This resource is part of a growing collection designed to help investors read and interpret corporate human rights disclosure. This specific resource focuses on excerpts from company reporting on company efforts to tackle gender-based impacts.
March 2020 | Erika Piquero
This resource is part of a growing collection designed to help investors read and interpret corporate human rights disclosure. This specific resource focuses on excerpts from company reporting on engagement with vulnerable stakeholders.
January 2019 | Erika Piquero
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.
May 2017 | Michelle Langlois | 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.
August 2016 | Partners: Mazars, Boston Common Asset Management, Clinique internationale de défense des droits humains de l’Université de Québec à Montréal, EY, Hermes Investment Management, Walden Asset Management
Through our reporting program we engage with companies, governments, investors and others about how reporting can be a driver of improved business respect for human rights.
February 2016 | Shift and Mazars; UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework
What are salient human rights issues and why do they matter? This short video introduces the concept and explains how companies should focus on salient issues for both action and reporting.
December 2015 | Shift, UN Global Compact
This webinar explores how business can use the UN Guiding Principles Framework to report in a meaningful way on human rights risks and impacts. The webinar also features speakers from Shift, H&M and Newmont.
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.