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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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SMEs and the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

May 2019 | Francis West

Shift's Business Learning Program Director Francis West explains how many get it wrong on SMEs, and makes the case for smaller firms to take a bespoke approach.

Rethinking Remedy & Responsibility in the Financial Sector

May 2019 | David Kovick

Senior Advisor David Kovick explains Shift's ecosystem approach to remedy, and how financial institutions can benefit from incorporating it to close the gap with traditional approaches.

Going from Research that Makes the Case to Tools that Make the Difference

April 2019 | Mark Hodge

Project Lead Mark Hodge looks back on progress made in 2018 and discusses the beta version of a new tool to help companies evaluate outcomes for people.

How Value Chain Mapping is Helping Companies Respect Human Rights

March 2019 | David Vermijs

In this piece, Shift Advisor David Vermijs explains what value chain mapping is, and how companies like Heineken and ABN AMRO are using it to leverage business respect for human rights throughout their value chain.

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.

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