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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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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.

Advising the International Council of Toy Industries on Alignment with the Guiding Principles

October 2012 | Partners: ICTI CARE Foundation

Shift conducted a high-level gap analysis designed to review and assess the general strengths and weaknesses of ICTI CARE processes against the Guiding Principles.

Bringing A Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship

September 2012 | Partners: Pacific Institute, UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate

This collaboration focused on developing guidance to help companies respect the human rights to water and sanitation.

Innovations in Global Supply Chains

September 2012 | Partners: Global Social Compliance Programme (Consumer Goods Forum)

This collaboration sought to identify, analyze and disseminate innovative models that incentivize good labor rights practices in global supply chains.

Implications of the Guiding Principles for the Fair Labor Association

July 2012 | Shift

This analysis by Shift reviews the implications of the Guiding Principles for the work of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a multistakeholder initiative focusing on workers’ rights.