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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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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.

Making Globalization Work for All: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Through Business Respect for Human Rights

November 2016 | John G. Ruggie

Respect for the dignity of every person is at the very core of the people part of sustainable development — and is critical for a socially sustainable globalization.

What Do the UN Sustainable Development Goals Have to Do With Corporate Respect for Human Rights?

September 2016 | Caroline Rees

For business to realize its full contribution to sustainable development, it must put efforts to advance respect for human rights at the heart of its strategy.

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.

Forging the Path as Wise Counselors

September 2016 | David W. Rivkin, President

International Bar Association President David. W. Rivkin writes about the far-reaching implications of the IBA's new Practical Guide for business lawyers on human rights.

Where We're At: Taking Stock of Progress on Business and Human Rights

August 2016 | Caroline Rees and Rachel Davis, Co-Founders of Shift

Five years after the endorsement of the Guiding Principles at the UN - and the founding of Shift - we reflect on five positive areas of progress, and five areas where urgent progress is needed.

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