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23 Resources
May 2020 | Tool

Business Model Red Flags (BETA)

Business Model Red Flags (Beta) This resource is a work in progress as part of Shift’s Valuing Respect project. It provides a non-exhaustive menu of business model features that carry inherent human rights risks. It aims to help companies, investors and others foster sustainable business models that can be economically successful without exacerbating inequalities. Analysis […]

December 2019 | Tool

Leadership & Governance Indicators of a Rights-Respecting Culture (BETA)

The primary intended users of this resource are: Business leaders seeking to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their company leadership, governance and culture with regards to respect for human rights; Investors and civil society organizations seeking to strengthen their analysis, strategies and engagement with companies regarding progress towards respect for human rights. 

September 2019 | Research

The Problem with How we Measure Business Respect for Human Rights

We analyzed the metrics and indicators currently reported by companies and used by investors and others who seek to evaluate business respect for human rights. We reviewed over 1,200 questions in 8 major Environmental,Social and Governance (ESG) rankings, ratings and indices, including 400 that focus on the ‘S’component. These are our findings.

September 2019 | Research

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting in Southeast Asia

To better understand what is working and what is not, Valuing Respect analyzed metrics and human rights reporting currently being used by companies and available to investors in three geographical regions. This paper summarizes our findings in South East Asia. The research was conducted in collaboration with the ASEAN CSR Network from mid 2018 to […]

September 2019 | Research

The Use of Metrics in Human Rights Reporting in the Food and Beverage Sector

To better understand what is working and what is not, Valuing Respect analyzed metrics and human rights reporting currently being used by companies and available to investors across three sectors. This paper summarizes our findings in the Food and Beverage sector. The research was conducted from mid-2018 to early 2019. It has informed the direction […]

September 2019 | Research

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting South Africa

We did a breakdown of the types of indicators that are being used in the region. This report summarizes findings from research into the current use of metrics by South African companies in their human rights related reporting. The research was conducted from mid 2018 to early 2019, and has informed the direction and focus of […]

September 2019 | Research

The Use of Metrics in Human Rights Disclosure in the Extractives and Oil Equipment Sector

This fact sheet summarizes findings from research by the University of Fordham Law Clinic into the current use of metrics in the human rights reporting of 25 companies in the extractives and oil equipment sector included in the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database. The research was conducted form mid 2018 to early 2019, and has […]

September 2019 | Research

The Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Disclosure in the ICT Sector

This fact-sheet summarizes findings from research conducted by the University of Fordham Law Clinic into the current use of metrics in the human rights reporting of 12 companies in the Internet and Communications (ICT) sector included in the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database. The research was conducted from mid-2018 to early 2019. It has informed […]

September 2019 | Concept Note

Developing Red Flag Indicators of Human Rights Risks in Business Models

This document describes Shift’s approach to developing Red Flag Indicators of human rights risks in business models. The indicators will be a tool to help company leaders, boards and investors recognize and tackle risks to people that are embedded at the core of how a company delivers on its value proposition. We set out here our approach, structure and supporting resources for this tool, as we continue to consult widely on how to ensure its value and impact.

September 2019 | Research

The Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting in Poland

This report summarizes findings from research into the current use of metrics by Polish companies in their human rights related reporting. The research is a contribution to the Valuing Respect project research stream, to build empirical evidence for how businesses currently track the progress and effectiveness of their efforts to respect human rights. The research […]

August 2019 | Concept Note

Evaluating Business Respect for Human Rights: A Theory of Change Methodology to Develop Meaningful Indicators

In this piece, we discuss our Theory of Change methodology, and why it’s such a valuable tool for evaluating business respect for human rights.

July 2019 | Research

Stakeholder Voice: Learning from Affected Stakeholders to Better Evaluate Program Effectiveness and Outcomes

An increasing number of companies, investors and civil society organisations have expressed the need to better evaluate the effectiveness of company efforts to mitigate adverse human rights impacts in terms of outcomes for affected stakeholders. This paper focuses on ways to involve “stakeholder voice” in that evaluation, by which we mean the experiences, perspectives and […]

July 2019 | Expert Roundtable

Expert Roundtable on Business, Human Rights and Behavioral Science: A Summary Report

This document summarizes our expert roundtable on April 24, 2019, where we explored the ways that behavioral science informs the public sector, and presented this research in an attempt to find ways in which these practices could be used to promote business respect for human rights.

July 2019 | Concept Note

Business and Human Rights Meets Behavioral Science: A Background Note

This pre-read for our April 26th consultation in London provides a brief overview of current thinking in behavioral science, and ways we might apply that thinking in a business and human rights context to improve outcomes for people.

June 2019 | Expert Roundtable

Expert Roundtable on Business, Human Rights and Accounting: A Summary Report

This document is a summary of the expert roundtable discussion on business, human rights and accounting that took place on April 24, 2019, in collaboration with Manchester Business School, St Andrew’s University, and hosted by the Institute for Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

March 2019 | Concept Note

Rights-Respecting Corporate Culture: Cultural Norms & Values that Underpin Business Respect for Human Rights

This piece examines corporate culture, identifying the key elements that make a rights-respecting culture successful.

February 2019

General Takeaways from 2018 Valuing Respect Multi-Stakeholder 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.

February 2019 | Research

An Analysis of ESG Rankings, Ratings and Indices

Our findings on the quality of evaluation information that is available to decision-makers through ESG rankings and ratings

December 2018 | Research

Engaging Affected Stakeholders: Evaluating the Quality of Processes for Company-Community Engagement

In this paper, Shift Advisor Lloyd Lipsett describes the best questions to ask and the best practices to use when evaluating your company’s engagement with affected stakeholders.

September 2018 | Discussion Paper

Discussion Paper #1 Evaluating Business Respect for Human Rights: Towards a Shared Way of Thinking

In Shift’s first discussion paper for Valuing Respect, we propose two complementary ways to think about the breadth of information – and associated indicators – that might be useful in evaluating a company’s human rights performance and therefore supporting improvements in reporting and business respect for human rights.

September 2018 | Discussion Paper

Viewing the Valuing Respect Project through the Lagging v. Leading Indicator Lens

In this piece, Shift’s Senior Advisor John Sherman discusses the usefulness of lagging versus leading indicators in how we evaluate business respect for human rights, and what the future of these indicators might look like through the lens of Valuing Respect’s mission.

August 2018 | Research

Evaluating Human Rights Performance

The process of evaluating a company’s behavior based on multiple criteria is not new. Historically, these criteria have been focused solely on financial return. However, in an increasingly globalized and transparent world in which the true cost of business can easily be exposed, the criteria of assessment have broadened in scope to account for the […]

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