Through the Government Engagement program, we work with individual governments to help them develop more effective policy and regulation on business respect for human rights. This work ranges across a variety of policy and regulatory areas and government departments, including individual ministries, export credit agencies and development finance institutions, independent regulators and national human rights institutions. As facilitators, we help governments engage in dialogue with companies, trade unions and civil society organizations on business and human rights topics. As advocates and experts on the Guiding Principles, we advise governments on policy and regulatory development and implementation.
Participants at a 2013 awareness raising workshop in Lusaka, Zambia, facilitated by Shift and supported by the Government of Sweden. Photo: Peder Björling
“Shift has given us unique, expert insight and tools that have enabled us to pragmatically work toward our goal of effectively implementing the UN Guiding Principles.” - Kamil Zabielski, Senior Social and Human Rights Specialist, Norwegian Export Credit Agency
As part of this program, we have worked with governmental bodies from countries including:
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.
August 2016 | Partners: Mazars, Boston Common Asset Management, Clinique internationale de défense des droits humains de l’Université de Québec à Montréal, EY, Hermes Investment Management, Walden Asset Management
Through our reporting program we engage with companies, governments, investors and others about how reporting can be a driver of improved business respect for human rights.
August 2016 | Partners: public and private financial institutions, including individual export credit agencies, development finance institutions and private banks
We're working directly with financial institutions and policymakers to build understanding of how the UN Guiding Principles can help financial institutions better manage risks to people arising from the projects and clients that they finance.
July 2016 | Partners: New Zealand Human Rights Commission; New Zealand Superannuation Fund
This educational and awareness series featured a week of discussions on business and human rights in New Zealand.
June 2016 | CDC - development financial institution of the UK government
This briefing note, issued by CDC, the development finance institution of the UK, aims to provide fund managers with a practical introduction to human rights.