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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

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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Guidance for Companies on Respecting Children's Right to Be Free From Child Labor

February 2012 | Partners: International Labour Organization - International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour; International Organisation of Employers

In collaboration with our partners at the ILO and IOE, as well as multiple companies in different sectors, we assessed how companies are managing child labor risks on the ground, to inform the development of comprehensive guidance.

Advising the Fair Labor Association on Alignment With the Guiding Principles

February 2012 | Partners: Fair Labor Association

In 2012, Shift helped the Fair Labor Association assess the implications of the Guiding Principles for its work.

Advising the Global Network Initiative on a Public Engagement Mechanism

February 2012 | Partners: Global Network Initiative

Helping a multistakeholder initiative solicit information and feedback from the public on issues related to privacy and freedom of expression.