Shift’s library has a growing collection of resources, tools and reports designed to help a variety of stakeholders put the UN Guiding Principles into practice. By default, resources are listed chronologically. You can use the filters below to search by change agent, thematic expertise, pillar of the UN Guiding Principles and/or date. Additionally, you can use the search bar –available across all pages of this website– to look for resources by title, author or keyword.

Summary of Recommendations for an IOC Human Rights Strategy

In March 2020, Shift’s Rachel Davis and the former UN Human Rights Chief, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, delivered the report ‘Recommendations for an IOC Human Rights Strategy’ to IOC President Thomas Bach. The report in full has been made publicly available by the IOC on the organization’s website. This is a summary of the recommendations that were included in the report, grouped into five pillars.

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Making ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’ Work: Contributions from Business & Human Rights

For the first time in four decades, leading business associations, corporations, and the corporate law and governance community are seriously debating the social purpose of the corporation. The idea of stakeholder governance – moving beyond shareholder primacy toward some form of ‘stakeholder capitalism’ – is in play. But the how question unveils significant differences of opinion as well as difficulties. This working paper draws on practical experience in the field of business and human rights to focus on a pathway that reflects the ambition of stakeholder capitalism, but which current reform proposals have largely overlooked.

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Transforming How Business Impacts People: Unlocking the Collective Power of Five Distinct Narratives

Narratives drive conversations. They serve a framing purpose and offer a lens through which we enter a discussion, make sense of an issue and find meaning in our world. Ultimately, they shape decisions. When it comes to conversations about how people are affected by business conduct and the global economy, a number of distinct narratives are influencing decision-makers today: the development narrative of sustainability; the political narrative of inequality; the economic narrative of stakeholder capitalism; the investment narrative of ESG performance; and the accounting narrative of human and social capital. All of these narratives co-exist, yet they also compete for attention. In this working paper, Caroline Rees explains why continuing down this siloed approach could result in each of these narratives becoming unnecessarily diluted and falling short of its aims. By contrast, she proposes that the narrative of business of human rights – grounded in global normative standards and a focus on those people most at risk of harm from business practices – can be of central relevance in bringing these other five narratives together, and helping them achieve a goal they all share: a world in which business gets done with respect for the basic dignity and equality of everyone.

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Accountability as part of Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence: Three Key Considerations for Business

In the context of the European debate on mandatory human rights due diligence, we explore what well-designed mandatory measures could look like, with a focus on the role of accountability – or consequences – for meeting a new legal standard of conduct. We set out three key considerations that we believe businesses that are committed to meeting their responsibility to respect human rights should keep in mind.

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Human Rights Due Diligence: the State of Play in Europe

This map illustrates the state of play of mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence initiatives, legislation and movements, across different countries in Europe. It is based on this resource by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and was last updated in July, 2020.

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Using the lenses of LGBTQI vulnerability to identify and prioritize risk

Advisor Daniel Berezowsky discusses how companies can use the lenses of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex variations in order to identify how LGBTQI people may be more vulnerable to business impacts

In September 2020, Shift hosted a webinar on LGBTQI rights and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, under the UN Guiding Principles. In the webinar, advisor Daniel Berezowsky discussed structural vulnerability due to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity and/or sex variations. Business Learning Participants can access the full […]

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Adding Human Rights to the Shopping Cart

The choices we make as consumers about the delivery terms of products we order online can have a significant impact on the working conditions of the couriers who deliver our purchases. Shift – through it’s Valuing Respect Project – partnered with the Behavioral Science Group at Warwick Business School to see if behavioral science could suggest some ways to "nudge" consumers towards longer delivery windows that could reduce pressures on couriers. The findings suggest some specific ways in which retailers could make a difference.

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Black Lives Matter: Putting Human Rights at the Heart of Corporate Responses

The progressive responses by some businesses to the Black Lives Matter protests, and the systemic racism they are calling attention to, have been framed as voluntary commitments of socially conscious companies. In fact, all businesses have an ironclad responsibility to address their connections to these underlying inequalities, as set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This briefing note sets out some of the implications of this responsibility.

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COVID-19 and Human Rights: Impacts and Business Action in the Seafood Sector

Panelists set the broader context of human rights impacts to workers in the wake of the pandemic, discuss the situation for seafood communities in Mexico specifically, and share what business can and should be doing to keep workers safe.

This webinar –organized by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions— focused on: The experience of people on the frontlines of seafood production across geographies (focus on the Global South) with regard to human rights, health and safety, and equity before and during COVID-19 Current efforts and interventions to address these issues and where new approaches […]

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