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Article

1 Sep 2016

Author:
Caroline Rees & Rachel Davis, Shift

Shift reflects on progress & challenges 5 years since UN Guiding Principles

"Where We're At: Taking Stock of Progress on Business and Human Rights," Aug 2016

Five years after the endorsement of the Guiding Principles at the UN - and the founding of Shift…we offer here five reflections that give us confidence that progress is real…and five reflections on issues that remain a brake on the pace of change that is needed.

Five Reflections on Meaningful Progress

1. Reaching far beyond the usual crowd

2. Meaningful communication instead of PR

3. Follow the money: driving change through public finance

4. Delivering wise legal counsel

5. New ways of working together

Five Areas Urgently Needing More Progress

1. Putting the action into National Action Plans

2. Moving remedy beyond the rhetoric

3. Changing the discourse on human rights and development

4. Standing up for human rights is not a crime

5. Ending hypocrisy: say what you mean, do what you say

[Also refers to Ericsson, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Mazars, Microsoft, Nestlé, and Newmont.]