A vibrant team of social dialogue experts, sociologists, engineers, trade unionists, theatre activists, labour and human rights experts, economists, mathematicians, environmentalists, social researchers, and public health experts from many countries came together to form an out of the box working platform called Paradigm Shift.

Vision

Institutional Strengthening through inclusive action and dialogue on Human Rights & environment to ensure sustainable business & supply chain

Mission

Bringing a paradigm shift in 

  •         Beliefs

  •         Practices

  •         Communication

  •         Evaluation



 

Meet our team

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Specialization Areas

Readymade Garments (RMG) & Sweater

Spinning & Textile Mills

Dyeing & Washing Units

Chemical & Fertilizers

Leather Industry

Carpets and Rugs

Rural Handicraft Supply-Chains

Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics

Mining Supply-Chain

Perfume Supply-Chain

Toy Manufacturing Supply-Chain

Plastic & Rubber

Agriculture & Plantation, Horticulture

Food Processing Industry

Jute Industry

Sports Goods

Furniture & Decoration Industry

Furnishing, Home, Hard Goods Industry

Cement Industry & Modern Bricks

Packaging industry

Metal Craft Supply-Chain

Printing Industry, Paper Mills

Electrical & Electronic Industry

James & Jewellery Supply-Chain

Glass & Ceramics Industry

Engineering & Construction

Waste Processing

NGOs and Educational Institutions

Hospital and Health Care

Trade Unions

Transport & Logistics

Software & IT

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Our Partners

DEEPS

Just Solutions

Tchibo

Texport

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Labour & Human Rights Assessment

We conduct labour rights audits/assessments when appropriate. Focus areas tend to be recruitment processes, compensation and working hours, freedom of movement, worker participation and engagement platforms, employment contracts and channels for workers to raise complaints without retaliation.

Where we find an issue, we try to work with the stakeholders involved to resolve it so as to improve the situation of the people affected. If a serious breach is found and no corrective action is taken, we reserve the right to terminate our contract.

The assessments focus on reviewing the Management Systems associated with Child labour, Forced Labour and Modern Slavery, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, Wages and Hours of Work, Health & Safety and Discrimination and Harassment with a lens of the following:

  • Company policies
  • Implementing procedures and structure
  • Training and development
  • Reporting and documentation
  • Review mechanism

Participatory Social Audits

Participatory Audit as a concept is based on engaging the key stakeholders in the entire audit process, not as participants but as core members of the audit team itself and to make the entire audit a facilitative and capacity building tool. In the entire process, importance is given on not only monitoring and identifying noncompliance together but also on facilitating internal capacity building on thematic issues as well as solution planning. The whole concept is built on the belief of dialogue and co-creation.

 

With an objective to mitigate the above gaps of a social audit, Paradigm Shift has been researching and piloting on revamping the entire audit approach itself while keeping the basic protocols intact. The fundamental question which we asked ourselves while coming up with this concept is “what if audits can be a facilitative and capacity building tool for change rather than a policing tool?” This was one fundamental change based on which Paradigm Shift came up with the concept of “Participatory Social Audit”.

 

APPROACH

  • Starts with setting up a respectful and inclusive dialogue platform
  • It invites all key stakeholders to have courageous conversations
  • Lead auditor plays a facilitator’s role and the audit is conducted by a core team of key stakeholders

    A. Management representatives

    B. Staff representatives

    C. Works Committee representatives

    D. Sample worker representatives

    E. Representatives from key strategic departments

    F. Trade union representative (wherever applicable)

  • Ensures that the following basic fundamental protocols are not compromised during the above change of approach:

    A. Being neutral

    B. Being objective

    C. Being critical

Social Dialogue & Conflict Resolution

Tailored to the experiences and backgrounds of the employer & organisations taking part, we help the organizations to raise their profile within market and increase their knowledge of social dialogue outcomes. It is our flagship programme whose ultimate goal is to promote a dynamic, inclusive and reinforced social dialogue for workers, officials, trade unions, and civil society organizations on core human rights topics.

We at Paradigm Shift are passionate about tackling the heavy costs of conflict across the community. Our model of mediation is highly regarded for its capacity to effectively support human as a whole and relationship based high conflict situations.

CSR and Sustainability Strategy

Our innovative and practical approach will help you integrate sustainability with your everyday business priorities.

We specialise in working directly with people from across your business. This builds their understanding and engages them in creating real-world solutions that work.

Good strategies have some fundamental elements. We can help you with one, several or all of them, according to your needs.

  • Analyse – Risks and Opportunities

    What are the priority environmental and social issues for your organisation? We are experts in understanding and analysing the issues that matter.

  • Focus – On the Material Issues for Your Business

    Prioritising your focus is a key part of maximising the effectiveness and business value of sustainability management. We will work with you to find the issues that are material for your business and your stakeholders.

  • Vision – For Sustainability in Your Company

    A compelling vision for sustainability in your organisation should crystallise your ambition and engage staff and stakeholders. We have helped different organisations create their vision.

  • Strategy – To Deliver Your Vision and Goals

    Good strategy provides the basis for good business decisions. We have supported a number of leading organisations to understand, prioritise and structure their strategies for sustainability.

  • Plan – Your Actions To Implement And Deliver

    Achieving your strategic goals requires clear and meaningful plans and pathways for action. We develop structured management plans that will guide your progress.

  • Report

    CSR and sustainability reporting – tell the strategic sustainability story in a way that can be heard by company leadership, investors, owners, customers and all stakeholders. With many years’ experience we provide clear, business relevant guidance and advice for your sustainability reporting and communication

Environmental & Social Risk Management

The evaluation of social, economic, and environmental impacts of our actions are necessary to make effective operational and capital investment decisions that positively impact organizational objectives and meet the objectives of multiple stakeholders. As a result, we have incorporated Environmental & Social (E&S) risk considerations into our decision-making processes and developed a corporate policy that ensures that Funding/Investment Organizations or Bank does not finance or invest in activities that have negative environmental and social consequences.

This approach enables the funder/investor to consider its impacts on the environment and the society at large in its lending and investment decisions and also ensures that our risk management process is aligned with international best practice in this area. Furthermore, this is consistent with the investor’s/donor’s/bank's vision to build a world class risk management culture, in which risk is considered in all social or business decisions, where they are protected against negative social or environmental returns, media glare, civil society criticism, unforeseen losses, and maximizes its opportunities.

Ethical Sourcing and Supply Chain Management

We know that being a responsible corporate citizen is a dynamic process and we continually aim to improve and build upon our efforts in the area of ethical sourcing. We believe in the value of collaborating and sharing information to improve responsible sourcing efforts across the globe. Our team is well-equipped to identify areas for improvement in implementing the guidelines across the setup for a given organization.

We take a customizable and holistic approach to support our clients in developing their responsible sourcing program based on our client’s own business strategy and supply chain. Whether you want to build a responsible sourcing program from the ground up or are interested in improvement or innovation of an existing program, our strategic approach can help all companies address supply chain responsibility issues and fulfil corporate social responsibility goals.

Socio-economic & Demographic Research

Paradigm Shift is a leading consumer research and consulting firm that provides pragmatic and cost effective innovative solutions that help clients conceptualise and develop new products and services. We understand that providing our clients with clear understanding of the consumer and the market is fundamental to making right decisions. Our strong and widespread network of consultants and domain experts enable it to operate in diverse societies, regions, markets and demographic segments.

Our unique and innovative approach had helped us expand our operations globally. We are one of the few firms that use a blend of qualitative techniques like behavioural analysis, ethnography and quantitative techniques to understand and develop plan and strategy.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Creation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system is vital to conform socio-economic development projects to environmental safety and thereby ensure sustainable economic development. It helps the planning and management to take long-term measures for effective management as well as environmental conservation.

The purpose of the EIA process is to inform decision-makers and the public of the environmental consequences of implementing a proposed project. The EIA document itself is a technical tool that identifies, predicts, and analyzes impacts on the physical environment, as well as social, cultural, and health impacts.

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