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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



Doing Business With Respect for Human Rights

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.

How to Do Business With Respect for Children’s Right to Be Free From Child Labour

December 2015 | Shift; International Labour Organization, International Organisation of Employers

This comprehensive guidance covers all aspects of implementing the Guiding Principles for companies, specifically focused on eliminating child labor.

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.

Key Terms on Business and Human Rights

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

This glossary provides standard definitions for key terminology on the topic of business and human rights.

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.

Global Perspectives on the Responsibility to Respect

October 2014 | Partners: Oxfam, Global Compact Network Netherlands

This collaboration looks at how companies in emerging economies are implementing the Guiding Principles.

Human Rights Translated: A Business and Reference Guide

November 2008 | Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, International Business Leaders Forum, and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

This comprehensive, baseline resource for businesses lays out what human rights are and how businesses can impact them.