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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



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.

Webinar: Integrating Human Rights Considerations Into Mergers and Acquisitions

April 2016 | Shift, UN Global Compact

This webinar, hosted by the UN Global Compact, provides an overview and discussion of how human rights can and should be considered in mergers and acquisitions processes. It features speakers from Shift, Total and Ericsson.

What Do Human Rights Have to Do With Mergers and Acquisitions?

January 2016 | Anna Triponel, Shift

This resource provides guidance on how companies can identify and address human rights risks when structuring mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions.

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.

Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector

May 2014 | Rachel Davis and Daniel Franks; Shift and Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

This groundbreaking research quantifies the costs of getting stakeholder engagement wrong in the extractives sector – namely, the costs of conflict between extractive companies and local communities.

Paradigm Shift: It's Time to Speak about the Purpose of the Corporation

March 2014 | Filip Gregor

A critical look at the role of companies in society, and the concept of shareholder value.