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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:

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Improving Accountability and Access to Remedy for Victims of Business-Related Human Rights Abuse

May 2016 | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; UN Human Rights Council

This report, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, sets out guidance for states to improve access to judicial remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses.

“For the Game. For the World.” FIFA and Human Rights

April 2016 | John G. Ruggie; Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

This independent report by former Special Representative John Ruggie and Shift recommends how global football body FIFA needs to manage the far-reaching human rights risks associated with its activities and relationships.

Video: Introduction to Salient Human Rights Issues

February 2016 | Shift and Mazars; UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

What are salient human rights issues and why do they matter? This short video introduces the concept and explains how companies should focus on salient issues for both action and reporting.

Webinar: Introduction to the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

December 2015 | Shift, UN Global Compact

This webinar explores how business can use the UN Guiding Principles Framework to report in a meaningful way on human rights risks and impacts. The webinar also features speakers from Shift, H&M and Newmont.

How to Do Business With Respect for Children’s Right to Be Free From Child Labour

December 2015 | Shift; International Labour Organization, International Organisation of Employers

This comprehensive guidance covers all aspects of implementing the Guiding Principles for companies, specifically focused on eliminating child labor.