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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 Norway's Export Credit Agency on the Guiding Principles

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.

Building Capacity on the UN Guiding Principles in Ghana

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.

Raising Awareness on the Guiding Principles in Zambia

July 2013 | Partners: Caritas-Zambia

In collaboration with partners, Shift facilitated awareness raising workshops in Lusaka, Zambia for government, business and civil society.

Unternehmensverantwortung für Menschenrechte: Ableitung von Handlungsempfehlungen auf der Basis von Experteninterviews und internationalen Fallstudien

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.

Supporting the Norwegian OECD National Contact Point

January 2013 | Partners: Norwegian OECD National Contact Point

Shift provided support to the Norwegian National Contact Point as it underwent a formal peer review process in 2013 in line with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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