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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.

Viewpoints

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.

What Do Company Directors Need to Know About Human Rights?

May 2016 | Caroline Rees

New guidance published by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission tells company boards what they need to know about human rights.

The Sustainable Development Goals and the Guiding Principles

February 2016 | John G. Ruggie

This open letter was authored by Shift Chair John Ruggie and sent to the heads of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development.

Corporate Contradictions

September 2015 | Caroline Rees

How companies can avoid four stumbling blocks on the path to respect for human rights.

Six Reasons Why Lawyers Should Practice Law with Respect for Human Rights

November 2014 | John F. Sherman III

The International Bar Association has issued draft guidance for legal professionals on the Guiding Principles.

Treaties and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: The Way Forward

July 2014 | Caroline Rees

Neither companies nor governments should fear that the treaty process in Geneva is a diversion from, or dilution of, what has been achieved in the last 10 years with the Guiding Principles.

The Rising Tide of Human Rights Reporting Requirements

July 2014 | Anna Triponel

The UK Financial Reporting Council's new guidance lays out expectations for companies on reporting on human rights.