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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



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.

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.

Business, Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals: Forging a Coherent Vision and Strategy

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.

Human Rights Due Diligence in High Risk Circumstances

March 2015 | Shift

This resource focuses on how to do human rights due diligence in high risk circumstances – and how to identify those circumstances in the first place.

Supporting Effective Factory-Level Grievance Mechanisms With the Better Work Programme

December 2013 | Partners: Better Work Programme, International Labour Organization

In collaboration with the ILO's Better Work Programme, Shift developed a manual for Enterprise Advisors to integrate guidance on effective factory-level grievance mechanisms into the support that Better Work provides to factories.

Using Leverage in Business Relationships to Reduce Human Rights Risks

November 2013 | Shift

This resource walks readers through how a company can systematically and strategically influence the behavior of others, including in its value chain, when seeking to prevent or address human rights risks.

Raise the Curtain: Human Rights in Retail Supply Chains

September 2013 | Sean Ansett

Moving from auditing and codes to business integration and long-term relationships.

GSCP Reference Tool on Social and Labor Management Systems for Suppliers

September 2013 | Global Social Compliance Programme, Consumer Goods Forum

This resource, developed with support from Shift, is designed for suppliers to help them assess and manage social and labor rights risks through robust management systems.

From Audit to Innovation: Advancing Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

August 2013 | Shift

This resource reviews the limitations of audits as human rights risk assessment and management tools, and offers examples and case studies of alternative and complementary approaches pioneered by companies in different sectors.

European Commission Sector Guides on Implementing the Guiding Principles

June 2013 | European Commission; Shift and Institute for Human Rights and Business

These three comprehensive guidance documents cover all aspects of implementing the Guiding Principles for companies in three sectors: information and communication technologies (ICT), oil and gas and employment and recruitment.

GSCP Reference Tool on Supply Chain Social Performance Management Systems

January 2013 | Global Social Compliance Programme, Consumer Goods Forum

This resource, developed with support from Shift, provides a framework based on current good practices for companies that are developing a social compliance management system, or improving an existing supply chain social compliance monitoring program.

Advising the International Council of Toy Industries on Alignment with the Guiding Principles

October 2012 | Partners: ICTI CARE Foundation

Shift conducted a high-level gap analysis designed to review and assess the general strengths and weaknesses of ICTI CARE processes against the Guiding Principles.

Respecting Human Rights Through Global Supply Chains

August 2012 | Shift

This resource examines how companies can implement the Guiding Principles throughout their supply chains, including identifying and prioritizing risks, using their leverage, understanding the role of auditing and supporting grievance mechanisms.

Implications of the Guiding Principles for the Fair Labor Association

July 2012 | Shift

This analysis by Shift reviews the implications of the Guiding Principles for the work of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a multistakeholder initiative focusing on workers’ rights.