Under the Business Learning Program, Shift works with a small number of select business participants that are serious about implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Participants come from different industry sectors and different regions of the world. They typically work with Shift over two to three years. The program combines:
- Tailored advice and support to each participant on their main priorities for implementing the UN Guiding Principles;
- Collective, cross-industry workshops that explore in depth shared challenges with regard to business and human rights.
The workshops are run twice a year, jointly with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and anonymized reports summarizing key points from the discussion are available under Program Resources on the right hand side of this page (or via the Shift Resources section). In 2012, the workshops focused on the challenges in embedding respect for human rights throughout a company, and on respecting rights in global supply chains.
Shift periodically produces other resources that bring together the wider learning from this work to make it publicly available.
In assessing the seriousness of a company's commitment to implementation of the Guiding Principles, Shift considers a range of relevant factors including evidence of high-level commitment, organizational capacity, and support for Shift's broader educational purposes. A list of our first group of participants in this program will be posted here in the coming months.