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Government Engagement

We provide expertise and and facilitate dialogue processes for governments to support more effective policy and regulation on business and human rights.

Government Engagement


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Fulfilling the State Duty to Protect: A Statement on the Role of Mandatory Measures in a “Smart Mix”


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. 

Caroline Rees speaks at the Expert Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains, in Berlin. Photo courtesy of GIZ/Thomas Ecke

“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:

  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

See all activities and content related to this program

Supporting Financial Institutions to Implement the Guiding Principles

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.

Business and Human Rights in New Zealand

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.

ESG Toolkit for Fund Managers: Briefing Note on Human Rights

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.

Business and Human Rights: A Five-Step Guide for Company Boards

May 2016 | Shift and UK Equality and Human Rights Commission

This short guidance provides “need to know” information for company leaders about how to meet the UN Guiding Principles’ expectations of doing business with respect for human rights.

Guidance for UK Company Directors on Human Rights

September 2015 | Partners: UK Equality and Human Rights Commission; UK Financial Reporting Council

This collaboration aims to improve UK-quoted company boards' and investors' understanding of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.

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