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We work collaboratively with intergovernmental institutions, industry and multistakeholder initiatives to develop practical approaches to human rights challenges.

International Partnerships

Shift works collaboratively with intergovernmental institutions, industry and sports associations and multistakeholder initiatives that support the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles. As advocates and experts on the Guiding Principles, we help some of these organizations to develop practical guidance on specific human rights topics or refine their existing standards. As facilitators, we help these organizations engage in dialogue with different stakeholder groups on business and human rights topics. As practitioners, we work with others on the implementation and monitoring of the Guiding Principles throughout their own activities.

Jo Swinson, (former) UK Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs; John G. Ruggie, author of the Guiding Principles and Shift Chair; Marcela Manubens, Global VP for Social Impact at Unilever; Richard Howitt (former) MEP at the launch of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework in London, 2015.

“Shift has been instrumental in helping shape the Council’s work to scale up business action on human rights, with their combination of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles and real-world experience on implementation. Human rights are an essential pillar of our Action2020 platform and we look forward to continuing to work with Shift to raise awareness, build understanding and tackle challenges in the field of business and human rights.” – Peter White, Chief Operating Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

As part of this program, we have worked with organizations including:

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Respetar los Derechos Sindicales en las Cadenas Globales de Valor

February 2020 | Partners: Mondiaal FNV

Cada vez más, las empresas reconocen su responsabilidad de respetar los derechos humanos, incluyendo los derechos laborales como son la libertad de asociación y la negociación colectiva (conocidos en su conjunto como derechos sindicales). Con este recurso práctico, Shift y Mondiaal FNV buscan equipar a las empresas con ideas y herramientas para que puedan tomar acción y cerrar la brecha entre el compromiso y lo que sucede en la realidad.

Realizing Trade Union Rights: Diagnosing Barriers and Moving to Action

January 2020

Senior Advisor David Vermijs discusses some of the barriers that companies face when aiming to fulfill their responsibility to ensure that workers have freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining (also known as trade union rights)

Respecting Trade Union Rights in Global Value Chains

October 2019 | Partners: Mondiaal FNV

Increasingly, businesses recognize their responsibility to respect human rights, including core labor rights like freedom of association and collective bargaining (jointly referred to as “trade union rights”). With this practical resource, Shift and Mondiaal FNV wish to equip companies with ideas and tools for taking action, in order to help close the gap between commitment and practice.

The Way Businesses' Social Performance Gets Measured Isn't Working

February 2018

The way businesses' social performance gets measured isn't working - at Shift, we are starting a major new collaboration to help change that.

Exploring Respect for Human Rights as a Driver for Business Action on Sustainable Development

December 2017 | Partners: Danish Institute for Human Rights

This collaborative project will equip and inspire companies to adopt coherent sustainable development strategies by embracing the power of initiatives that drive respect for human rights across operations and value chains.

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