We are exploring, reviewing, recasting, inventing, stress-testing, fine-tuning and ultimately aiming to redefine how people evaluate business respect for human rights

Valuing Respect was launched in January 2018 with the purpose to research, develop and gradually crystallize tools that can help companies -and their stakeholders- improve how they evaluate what companies are doing to respect human rights.

When we launched the project, we knew that we had two fundamental needs:

  • To understand the problem better. In other words, to look at the data and tools that are available to business leaders, investors and other stakeholders and understand why they are not being effective in offering meaningful insights into human rights performance. Learn more about our findings.
  • To improve the quality of the discussion. If we truly wanted to come up with fresh, outside-the-box solutions, we needed to bring more stakeholders to the table and open the conversation to a wider variety of perspectives.

In order to address both of these, we needed to create a process with three fundamental qualities: it had to be global (meaning, geographically diverse), multi-stakeholder (able to bring a wide array of stakeholders to the table), and cross-disciplinary (building on the insights of a diversity of areas of study).


Consulting with stakeholders around the world

As a global initiative, we are working with our partners in Europe, Africa and South East Asia to develop insights that can be relevant to a wide array of geographies, industries and contexts.

In 2018, we spent time exploring the problems that businesses, investors, civil society and other stakeholders face when using the tools and data available to them to evaluate companies’ human rights performance.

CONSULTATIONS
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MULTI-STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS
in New York, London, Poland, Singapore and South Africa.
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VALUING RESPECT CO-LEAD, MARK HODGE, AT A CONSULTATION IN SINGAPORE

Based on these insights, we identified distinct research areas where Valuing Respect could add value. This led to additional consultations with specialized experts in areas such as accounting, governance and behavioral science.

As our thinking evolved in 2019, we began to bring initial ideas for new tools, methods and indicators back to our multi-stakeholder consultations, while deepening our engagement with experts and beginning some pilot work with companies and investors.

Our conversations have always been held under The Chatham House Rule to allow participants to speak freely about the issues and their experience. However, in the spirit of transparency and open dialogue, we’ve kept our agendas public and issued summaries of the key ideas discussed, without attribution to any speaker.

Below, you will find agendas, summaries of consultations and other documents that we’ve used in our conversations. To learn more about the outcomes of our consultations, and about the outputs that followed, visit our different areas of research, or go to the resources page.


International Advisory Group

Shift and our partners are delighted to have an esteemed group of experts from diverse backgrounds and geographies committed to help steer Valuing Respect. Our International Advisory Group provides strategic guidance to the project and offers critical inputs to project research, findings and outputs.

Mike Ashley

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BARCLAYS

Alva Bruun

SENIOR ADVISOR MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF FINLAND

Andreas Feiner

CEO ARABESQUE S-RAY

Lee Alexander Risby

HEAD OF PHILANTHROPY (EP) C&A FOUNDATION

Mathilde Mesnard

DEPUTY DIRECTOR DIRECTORATE FOR FINANCIAL AND ENTERPRISE AFFAIRS, OECD

Shameela Soobramoney

SENIOR MANAGER, GROUP STRATEGY AND SUSTAINABILITY JOHANNESBURG STOCK EXCHANGE

Kamil Zabielski

Head of Sustainability Team

The Norwegian Export Credit Agency

Rachel Wilshaw

Ethical Trade Manager

Oxfam GB

Filippo Veglio

Managing Director, Senior Management Team

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Maddalena Neglia

Director, Globalisation and Human Rights

FIDH

Dr. Seree Nonthasoot

Governor and Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs, The Stock Exchange of Thailand

Wilhelm Mohn

Head of Sustainability Initiatives, Ownership Strategies

Norges Bank Investment Management

Ken McPhail

Director of Research and Deputy Head

Alliance Manchester Business School

Brendan Leblanc

Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services

EY

Piotr Kaźmierkiewicz

Analyst

Centralny Dom Maklerski Pekao S.A

Rosey Hurst

Founder and Director

Impactt

Christian Heller

Senior Manager Corporate Sustainability Strategy

BASF

Rafendi Djamin

Member, Advisory Board of ASEAN CSR Network

Cathy Feingold

Director of International Department

AFL-CIO

Allison Burger

Vice President Group Head of Community Relations

Gold Fields

Phil Bloomer

Executive Director

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre


Transparency

Below, you may find our notes from consultations and calls with our International Advisory Group

11 resources

South Africa Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation (Round 2)

This note summarizes the discussions that happened in our second round of consultations in Pretoria, South Africa

Central and Eastern Europe Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation (Round 2)

This note summarizes the discussions that happened in our second round of consultations in Warsaw, Poland

London Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation (Round 2)

This note summarizes the discussions that happened in our second round of consultations in London, UK.

New York Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation (Round 2)

This note summarizes the discussions that happened in our second round of consultations in New York, US.

Call Note for International Advisory Group (IAG)

This is a summary of the conversation with IAG members in November 2018

General Takeaways – First Round of Consultations

This document summarizes our Valuing Respect consultations for 2018. In it you can find key takeaways and what we will be working on with the Valuing Respect project in 2019

Johannesburg Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation (Round 1)

This note summarizes the discussions that happened in our first round of consultations in Johannesburg, SA

Singapore Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation (Round 1)

This note summarizes the discussions that happened in our first round of consultations in Singapore

London Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation (Round 1)

This note summarizes the discussions that happened in our first round of consultations in London, UK.

New York Multi-Stakeholder Expert Consultation (Round 1)

This note summarizes the discussions that happened in our first round of consultations in New York, NY.

Call Note for International Advisory Group

This note reflects the discussion during the kick-off call that we had with the members of our International Advisory Group, in May 2018.

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