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:
October 2014 | Partners: Consensus Building Institute
Over a period of several years, Shift supported several National Contact Point systems to help them better fulfill their role as part of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
June 2014 | Partners: Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK)
Shift provided expert support to the Agency in 2013 on policies, stakeholder engagement and grievance pathways related to business and human rights.
June 2014 | Partners: Ghana Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Centre for Research on Multinational Enterprises (SOMO)
Shift and the Ghana Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice jointly organized three capacity building workshops in Accra for various stakeholder groups.
July 2013 | Partners: Caritas-Zambia
In collaboration with partners, Shift facilitated awareness raising workshops in Lusaka, Zambia for government, business and civil society.
February 2013 | Shift, adelphi; German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
This study, partially authored by Shift and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, reviews how the German government could support the implementation of the Guiding Principles.