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

International Partnerships

Under the International Partnerships program, we work collaboratively with intergovernmental institutions, industry and sport associations and multistakeholder initiatives that support implementation of the 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 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:

See all activities and content related to this program

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.

Human Rights Reporting: Are Companies Telling Investors What They Need to Know?

May 2017 | Michelle Langlois, Shift; supported by the UK Department for International Development, EY and Hermes Investment Management

This research assesses 74 of the world's largest companies for their maturity in reporting on human rights.

Doing Business With Respect for Human Rights

November 2016 | Global Compact Network Netherlands, Oxfam, Shift

This comprehensive and foundational guide offers practical advice, experiences and insights to help companies respect human rights.

Shift's Reporting Program

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.

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.

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