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International Partnerships

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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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.

Supporting the OECD on Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractive Sector

July 2013 | Partners: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Shift authored a discussion paper for the OECD on stakeholder engagement in the extractive industry, setting out options and recommendations for a proposed "user guide" to address this issue.

European Commission Sector Guides on Implementing the Guiding Principles

June 2013 | European Commission; Shift and Institute for Human Rights and Business

These three comprehensive guidance documents cover all aspects of implementing the Guiding Principles for companies in three sectors: information and communication technologies (ICT), oil and gas and employment and recruitment.

Collaborating With the IFC on Guidance for High Risk Contexts

March 2013 | Partners: International Finance Corporation

Shift provided expert input to the International Finance Corporation on potential good practice guidance for its private sector clients on human rights due diligence in high risk circumstances.

Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative

November 2012 | Partners: Mazars

This initiative seeks to provide companies with comprehensive guidance about how to report on and assure human rights management and performance.

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