Shift, the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, is pleased to announce the appointment of HRH Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees.
In these remarks, Shift's Vice President Rachel Davis discusses the proposal published on February 22 by the EU Commission for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. Davis explains why the launch of the proposal is a pivotal moment and offers an analysis of three key concepts from the UN Guiding Principles that, if better embedded in the Directive, can help it meets its ambitious objectives and more clearly align with international standards.
In July 2020, the World Athletics’ Council appointed a Human Rights Working Group. The Working Group was tasked with developing a human rights framework for the organization and making any recommendations to further implement human rights at World Athletics. The eight member Working Group was supported in its analysis by the Centre for Sport and Human Rights and Rachel Davis of Shift on relevant human rights standards and their implications for World Athletics’ operations. In July 2021, the Working Group presented its report to the WA Council and in November, the WA Congress approved the WG’s final report and released the report’s Executive Summary publicly. This includes an independent comment by the Centre and Shift which is also available here.
These remarks were originally delivered by Professor John Ruggie at the Event "The S in ESG: Best Practices and the Way Forward?", on July 1, 2021. The event was co-organized by Shift, FrankBold and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
is delighted to announce the launch of our Financial Institutions Practitioners Circle, a space carefully designed for a small number of leading practitioners from banks and export credit agencies (ECAs) to discuss common human rights challenges and co-create cutting-edge solutions that put people first.
In December 2020, Professor John Ruggie submitted his views to the IFRS Foundation for their consultation into the proposed establishment of a Sustainability Standards Board (SSB) to develop global reporting standards on sustainability.
In March 2019, Shift's Rachel Davis and the former UN Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein were asked by the International Olympic Committee to offer expert advice on how the organization could meet its human rights responsibilities. They delivered a report in March 2020, which was made public by the IOC in December of that same year. Following its publication, the authors of the report put out this statement.
These remarks were delivered by Professor Ruggie on October 6, 2020 at the conference ‘Human Rights and Decent Work in Global Supply Chains’, hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
This document contains reflections offered by Shift to the World Economic Forum on its white paper ’Towards Common Metrics and Consistent Reporting on Sustainable Value Creation’. The document is based on Shift’s expertise and experience working directly with companies, standard setters and financial institutions. It focuses on indicators and metrics most relevant to the assessment of impacts on people, and draws on Shift’s work leading the improvement of human rights reporting by companies and Valuing Respect, our current initiative to advance better ways to evaluate business respect for human rights.
Letter sent by Shift, IHRB, The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and the European Coalition for Corporate Justice to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on the proposals to revise ISO 26000
In February, the European Commission began seeking stakeholder feedback to inform the revision of the EU Non-financial reporting directive (NFRD) as part of its strategy to strengthen the foundations for sustainable investment. Shift made this submission as part of the consultation, drawing on our work over several years to strengthen human rights reporting standards in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Shift is proud to be supporting the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in convening its flagship conference ‘Business and Human Rights: Towards a Common Agenda for Action’, to take place in Brussels on December 2, 2019.
Remarks by Caroline Rees on the role of the state according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at the Expert Conference on Sustainable Supply Chains, February 21, 2019, in Berlin.
Guidance is designed to help bar associations and business lawyers understand the Guiding Principles, how they can be relevant to the advice they provide to clients, and their potential implications for law firms as business enterprises.
On May 30, 2016, ahead of the 2016 International Labour Conference, Shift Chair John Ruggie wrote a letter to ILO Director General Guy Ryder on specific aspects to be addressed at the Conference related to the Guiding Principles.
Today the the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a five-step guide, developed with Shift, to help UK board directors show leadership in ensuring their businesses fulfill their responsibility to respect human rights.
The Advisory Group’s report outlines the business case for law firms to meet their responsibility to respect human rights, and calls on the Law Society to provide guidance for lawyers on how to advise clients on human rights.
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