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With our mix of expertise on the Guiding Principles and unique practical experience with their implementation, we speak honestly to practical challenges and shine a light on meaningful leadership and practice.

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How States Can Actively Foster Business Respect for Human Rights

February 2019 | Rachel Davis

An interview with Rachel Davis, Co-founder and Managing Director at Shift. As a senior legal advisor to former UN Special Representative John Ruggie during his mandate, Shift’s Rachel Davis played a key role in the drafting process of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Seven years into the implementation of the UNGPs, she reflects on the relevance of mandatory measures in the State duty to protect and the growing debate around comprehensive mandatory human rights due diligence legislation.

Why Canadian Mining Companies Lag On Human Rights Reporting

January 2019 | Erika Piquero

Shift’s analysis of the Canadian mining sector reveals strengths and weaknesses in how mining companies communicate on their management of impacts on people.

How to Report Meaningfully Under the French Duty of Vigilance Law

January 2019 | Michelle Langlois

Get on the right path to writing your first annual update, even if you don’t have everything figured out.

Meaningful Engagement with Affected Stakeholders

October 2018 | David Kovick

In this short piece from Senior Advisor David Kovick, he shares takeaways on meaningful stakeholder engagement by companies who are looking to respect human rights in their business practices, and some ways to put them into practice right away at your own company.

When Counseling Clients on Risk, Lawyers Need to Take a Proactive Approach on Human Rights

February 2018 | John F. Sherman III

Developments in the legal profession in regards to providing counsel to corporate clients on preventing human rights impacts continue to advance, most recently in Europe.

Open Letter on Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

September 2017

In collaboration with leading civil society organizations, we call on UN Secretary-General António Guterres and United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017 participants to connect sustainable development with business respect for human rights.

Respect for Human Rights: Creating a Holistic Framework for Business Contributions to the SDGs

May 2017 | Caroline Rees

This short framework for analysis and action offers a straightforward way for any company to work out how it should and can contribute to sustainable development.

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.

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