The Shift Library

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 search bar to look for titles by keyword or author, or use the filters below to search by change agent, thematic expertise, pillar of the UN Guiding Principles and/or date. Looking for Valuing Respect tools and resources? Visit the dedicated library of resources of the project, here.

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The Case for Living Wages: How Paying Living Wages Improves Business Performance and Tackles Poverty

This report, jointly published by Business Fights Poverty,  the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Shift with support from Unilever, reveals why paying a living wage, and ensuring they are paid in the value chain, pays back to the bottom line by strengthening business performance, resilience, and stability, while delivering measurable, social impact and enabling businesses to more effectively deliver on human and labour rights obligations.

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Financial Institutions and Remedy: Myths and Misconceptions

In the second output of our Financial Institutions Practitioners Circle, we explore five persistent myths about financial institutions and remedy that may cause internal blockages and get in the way of achieving better outcomes for people. We address each of these myths and offer insights into emerging good practices as well as initial steps that FIs can take to move in the right direction.

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Enforcement of Mandatory Due Diligence: Key Design Considerations for Administrative Supervision

In the context of the debate around mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (mHREDD) Shift and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have come together to explore how administrative supervision can complement civil liability for harms in the effective enforcement of due diligence requirements, and suggest practical guidance for policy-makers to avoid pitfalls in other areas of corporate regulation.

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Audio | Getting Contractual Provisions on Human Rights, Right

A conversation with Shift’s General Counsel, John Sherman III on the Model Contract Clauses for Human Rights published by a working group of the American Bar Association, and how they can help companies incentivize rights-respecting behavior in suppliers – without the need to reinvent the wheel.

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Building Bridges for Impact

In the context of the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Shift has brought together a number of leaders working across different fields to shape business practice, for a number of conversations on how we can build bridges to catapult our impact. Hosted by Shift President Caroline Rees, the “Building Bridges for Impact” series consists of six short podcast-style episodes.

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Ten Years After: From UN Guiding Principles To Multi-Fiduciary Obligations

Ten years on from the UN Guiding Principles, the soft law of human rights due diligence has helped provide a path beyond shareholder primacy towards stakeholder governance. This is now influencing hard law, particularly in Europe. In this paper, Shift's Chair, Professor John Ruggie, and our two co-founders, Caroline Rees and Rachel Davis explain the journey.

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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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