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From updates on policies and regulations to human rights primers to guidance for lawyers, this section features resources on special topics related to business and human rights.

Special Topics



Human Rights Reporting in France

September 2018

For 3 years, Shift’s Reporting Program has mapped and analyzed the human rights disclosure of over 130 companies around the world. In this special report, we are bringing the spotlight to France, where we have analyzed and dissected the reporting of the top 20 companies listed on the CAC 40 index (by market cap). The purpose of this two-part report is to evaluate the extent to which the new French legislation brings companies closer to the reporting expectations that were set by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Shift Submission on Potential Modern Slavery Act in Australia

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.

John Ruggie Letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

February 2017 | John G. Ruggie

Author of the Guiding Principles and Shift Chair John Ruggie writes to the President of the European Commission calling for greater EU leadership on business and human rights issues.

Making Economic Globalization Work for All: Achieving Socially Sustainable Supply Chains

February 2017 | John G. Ruggie

In this keynote address to G20 countries, Shift Chair and Guiding Principles author John Ruggie argues that effectively managed global supply chains can be significant leverage points to make globalization work better for all.

Shift Submission to Public Consultation on Italian National Action Plan

September 2016 | Shift

In September 2016 we submitted comments to the Italian government to support its development of a National Action Plan on business and human rights.

Shift's Reporting Program

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.

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.

Treaties and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: The Way Forward

July 2014

Neither companies nor governments should fear that the treaty process in Geneva is a diversion from, or dilution of, what has been achieved in the last 10 years with the Guiding Principles.

The Rising Tide of Human Rights Reporting Requirements

July 2014

The UK Financial Reporting Council's new guidance lays out expectations for companies on reporting on human rights.

Pointing the Way Forwards on Non-Financial Reporting

April 2014

The adoption of the EU law on non-financial reporting is a potentially pivotal moment for the advancement of responsible business conduct.

State of Play of Corporate Human Rights Reporting Initiatives 2013

November 2013 | Shift

This resource reviews regulatory and stock engage requirements on corporate reporting that reference human rights. The research took place in 2013 – since that time, a number of corporate reporting requirements have been developed or amended.

Shift Comments on UK Financial Reporting Council's 2013 Exposure Draft Guidance

November 2013 | Shift, John G. Ruggie

In 2013, Shift submitted comments to the UK Financial Reporting Council regarding draft guidance for companies on compliance with the UK Companies Act.

Proposed Amendments to European Commission Reporting Directive

October 2013

Shift and our Chair John Ruggie submit proposals to the Commission to enhance the alignment of the proposed Directive with the Guiding Principles.

Unternehmensverantwortung für Menschenrechte: Ableitung von Handlungsempfehlungen auf der Basis von Experteninterviews und internationalen Fallstudien

February 2013 | Shift, adelphi; German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

This study, partially authored by Shift and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, reviews how the German government could support the implementation of the Guiding Principles.

Advising the Peruvian Financial Regulator on Improved Corporate Management of Social Conflict

October 2012 | Partners: Peruvian Superintendency of Banks, Insurers and Private Pension Funds

Shift supported the Superintendency of Banks, Insurers and Private Pension Funds in Peru in the development and implementation of a new regulation to strengthen due diligence in the Peruvian financial sector.

Human Rights and Corporate Law: Trends and Observations From a Cross-National Study Conducted by the Special Representative

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.