OUR MISSION IS TO EMBED BUSINESS RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INTO THE PRACTICE OF:
OUR LEADERSHIP BUILDS ON THE UNIQUE HANDS-ON EXPERTISE THAT WE HAVE IN:
Putting the UNGPS into practice
The UN Guiding Principles are the heart of who we are, and at the core of everything we do. We played an instrumental role in writing them and are  internationally renowned as the leading center of expertise on the UNGPs. Above all, we are backed by years of hands-on work with allies who trust us because they know we understand —and can help them overcome the complex challenges of putting them into practice.

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Human Rights Reporting
Reporting is one of the key components of human rights due diligence. It helps companies test their understanding of the human rights risks they are connected to, spark internal conversations to address them and communicate more effectively with external stakeholders. It also offers investors, civil society and others, useful insights to help them make informed decisions and incentivize better business practice. Over the years, Shift has pioneered the development of cutting-edge tools and resources to improve and give meaning to human rights reporting.

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Valuing Respect
In 2018, Shift launched Valuing Respect an ambitious, collaborative platform to develop better and more meaningful ways to evaluate corporate human rights performance. This three-year project is currently underway —with strategic partners around the world— and concentrates in six focus areas. You can visit our dedicated microsite to learn more about our approach and where we are in the process.

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Sports and Human Rights
As an increasing number of industries acknowledge their responsibility to respect human rights, sports are becoming a critical sector for both, the deep human rights impacts they can cause, and the critical role they can play as  powerful drivers of change. Shift is  working side-by-side with global sports bodies and critical allies, to drive meaningful transformation across this sector.

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Sustainability and Human Rights
An increasing number of companies is embedding sustainability strategies across their supply chains, products and services. Many have committed to taking part in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Yet, their approach tends to focus only on the environment and forgets about risk to people. Shift works side-by-side with companies and their stakeholders to embed human rights into sustainability.

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Standard Setters

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Governments, intergovernmental organizations, business associations and others set the bar for how businesses should behave. That is why we work hand-in-hand with them to advance smart, practical and principled standards, that put respect for people at the center.

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Business Enterprises

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We partner with companies and their stakeholders –across a wide variety of geographies and industries– to help embed business respect for human rights in their everyday reality. The complexity and scope of each engagement is different, but we approach each one through our unique, mission-driven lens.

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Financial Institutions

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Financial institutions –including investors, are critical agents of change because of both, the scope of their own responsibility and the way they can influence and incentivize business behavior. We partner with them to make sure they nudge businesses in the right direction.

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Who
We Are

We are a mission-driven team of experts

Shift is the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our global team of experts works across all continents and sectors to challenge assumptions, push boundaries, and help redefine corporate practice, in order to build a world where business gets done with respect for people’s dignity. We are a non-profit, mission-driven organization, headquartered in New York City.

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Who We Work With

Governments
To raise the bar for how business gets done through laws, regulation, policies and guidance Learn More
Companies
To hardwire respect for human rights into how they think and do business Learn More
Financial Institutions
To model and move markets to reward respect for human rights Learn More
Civil Society
Across all of our work, recognizing the critical role that they play in this field Learn More
Trade Unions
As critical stakeholders that should inform business practice Learn More
Sports Bodies
To embed respect for human rights in sports governance Learn More
What Makes Us, Us

We are thought partners, strategic advocates and —most importantly, trusted allies for meaningful transformation.

Small Team, Big Impact!

The map below features a few examples of our work around the globe to advance business respect for human rights

CANADA | We have been supporting Export Development Canada to strengthen its work on human rights at both strategic and operational levels.

UNITED STATES | We worked with a major food and beverage company to integrate stakeholder engagement into its global human rights strategy.

MEXICO | We collaborated with Oxfam and the UN Global Compact Local Network to develop guidance on the responsibility to respect human rights. LEARN MORE

URUGUAY | We helped a global business identify and address human rights risks at a local site. Learn more about our Business Learning Program.

BRAZIL | Shift helped a global brand engage its local operating company in identifying salient human rights issues and developing appropriate mitigation plans.

PERU | Shift conducted country-level stakeholder engagement to inform our development of the International Council on Mining and Metals’ (ICMM) updated guidance on grievance mechanisms for its members. LEARN MORE

COLOMBIA | Shift led human rights capacity-building sessions at headquarters and site levels for an energy company.

SWITZERLAND | Shift collaborated with former UN Human Rights Chief, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to provide strategic recommendations on human rights to the International Olympic Committe. LEARN MORE

FINLAND | Shift supported the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU in convening a flagship conference in 2019 on the UNGPs and developing an Agenda for Action at EU level. LEARN MORE

POLAND | We consulted with business, government, investor and civil society stakeholders to inform our Valuing Respect Project. LEARN MORE

NETHERLANDS | Shift worked with a Dutch trade union to develop guidance for businesses on respecting freedom of association and collective bargaining in their operations and global value chains. LEARN MORE

UNITED KINGDOM | Shift convened a group of retail companies to explore the human rights risks faced by ‘final mile’ delivery workers in their value chains and how they could use leverage to address them.

SPAIN | Shift supported a global apparel company to prioritize salient human rights issues in key sourcing markets and reevaluate existing strategies to address specific risks.

SWEDEN | We collaborated with several influential institutional investors – the AP Funds – to deepen their human rights due diligence approaches.

NIGERIA | We helped a major global business engage its local operating company in identifying salient human rights issues and developing appropriate mitigation plans.

TUNISIA | We worked with CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, to build the capacity of private equity managers and businesses from across North Africa to prevent and address human rights risks. LEARN MORE

GHANA | We worked with the National Human Rights Institution on capacity-building on the UN Guiding Principles for businesses, government and civil society.

KENYA | Shift worked with businesses to build capacity on the UN Guiding Principles and human rights due diligence.

SOUTH AFRICA | We consulted with business, government, investor and civil society stakeholders to inform our Valuing Respect Project and worked with a major mining company to evaluate human rights risks across its sites.

ETHIOPIA | Shift worked with CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, to build the capacity of private equity managers and businesses in Ethiopia to prevent and address human rights risks. LEARN MORE

FRANCE | Shift analyzed the impact of the French Duty of Vigilance Law on the quality of human rights disclosure by top French companies using our unique maturity methodology. LEARN MORE

QATAR | Through our Vice President’s role as Chair of FIFA’s independent Human Rights Advisory Board, we are working to help address risks to migrant workers connected to the FIFA World Cup 2022. LEARN MORE about Shift’s work on Sports and Human Rights.

TURKEY | Shift collaborated with Oxfam and the UN Global Compact Local Network to develop guidance on the responsibility to respect human rights. LEARN MORE

JAPAN | Shift worked with businesses in Japan to build capacity on the UN Guiding Principles and human rights due diligence.

THAILAND | Shift consulted with business, government, investor and civil society stakeholders to inform our Valuing Respect Project, and collaborated with the Thai Government Pension Fund on a capacity-building workshop.

MALAYSIA | Shift worked with a global agricultural commodity company to conduct engagement with affected stakeholders to better understand its human rights impacts and to inform its actions in response.

INDIA | Shift has worked with companies in the food and beverage and ICT sectors to test and develop their human rights risk identification and mitigation approaches.

CAMBODIA | Shift helped a major global business engage its local operating company in identifying salient human rights issues and developing appropriate mitigation plans.

INDONESIA | Shift collaborated with Oxfam and the UN Global Compact Local Network to develop guidance on the responsibility to respect human rights. LEARN MORE

AUSTRALIA | Shift worked with the National Human Rights Institution and major institutional investor on capacity-building on the UN Guiding Principles for businesses, investors and civil society.

NEW ZEALAND | Shift worked with the National Human Rights Institution and major institutional investor on capacity-building on the UNGPs for businesses, investors and civil society.

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