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:
December 2013 | Partners: Better Work Programme, International Labour Organization
In collaboration with the ILO's Better Work Programme, Shift developed a manual for Enterprise Advisors to integrate guidance on effective factory-level grievance mechanisms into the support that Better Work provides to factories.
July 2013 | Partners: Caritas-Zambia
In collaboration with partners, Shift facilitated awareness raising workshops in Lusaka, Zambia for government, business and civil society.
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.
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.
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.