A policy is just words on paper without action to put it into practice. In order to implement its commitment, respect for human rights needs to become part of the company’s culture or “DNA” – in other words, it needs to be an integral part of how it operates. Embedding is about creating the right “macro-level” environment for a policy to be effective. It includes training, performance and accountability structures, “tone at the top” from senior management and the Board, and a sense of shared responsibility for meeting the company’s human rights commitments.
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May 2016 | Caroline Rees
New guidance published by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission tells company boards what they need to know about human rights.
May 2016 | Shift and UK Equality and Human Rights Commission
This short guidance provides “need to know” information for company leaders about how to meet the UN Guiding Principles’ expectations of doing business with respect for human rights.
September 2015 | Caroline Rees
How companies can avoid four stumbling blocks on the path to respect for human rights.
September 2014 | Partners: CSR Europe
Shift provided expert support to CSR Europe to help its member companies understand how to effectively embed respect for human rights across their operations, and particularly in the key functions in human resources, procurement and risk.
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.
June 2012 | Shift
This resource captures and distills company reflections on what it takes to embed respect for human rights into corporate culture, including senior management buy-in, balancing competing priorities and effective communication.
June 2012 | Rick Relinger; Shift
This paper analyzes how corporate culture evolves and changes, and identifies stumbling blocks and lessons for success for companies seeking to make respect for human rights part of their corporate culture and they do business every day.
May 2011 | John G. Ruggie; UN Human Rights Council
This report summarizes the findings based on extensive research and consultation with corporate law experts in multiple jurisdictions regarding the links between corporate and securities law and human rights.