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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

Independent Review and Recommendations for FIFA on Human Rights

December 2015 | Partners: Harvard Kennedy Schoool

Shift Chair John Ruggie conducted an independent review and issued recommendations for FIFA on human rights, with support from the Shift team.

UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

February 2015 | Shift, Mazars

The UNGP Reporting Framework and its 31 “smart” questions guide a company through the steps they should take to both manage human rights risks and report on them.

Key Terms on Business and Human Rights

February 2015 | Shift and Mazars; UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

This glossary provides standard definitions for key terminology on the topic of business and human rights.

How Can Businesses Impact Human Rights?

February 2015 | Shift and Mazars; UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

This concise table includes a summary list of internationally recognized human rights, provides a short explanation of each right, and offers examples of how business activities could impact the right.

Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

January 2015 | Shift and Pacific Institute; UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate

This comprehensive guidance covers all aspects of implementing the Guiding Principles for companies, specifically focused on the rights to water and sanitation.