• Tools on Children's Rights and Business now available

    UNICEF has released a set of tools that provide practical guidance on how to integrate child rights considerations into broader risk management processes. They explain in plain language what children’s rights mean for business and how companies can respect and support children’s rights in their decisions, activities and relationships. 

  • Are children your business?

    A video that takes you through a visual journey of what children’s rights in business means; from the Convention on the Right of the Child to the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. It makes the case for children’s rights in business including through the voice of business leaders.

  • The Children's Rights and Business Principles

    In a process led by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children – the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (the Principles) were developed to be the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to respect and support children’s rights.

  • State obligations regarding the impact of the business sector on children's rights

    In February 2013, the Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted a General Comment no. 16 on State obligations regarding the impact of the business sector on children's rights. UNICEF has released a plain-language, accessible version of this text, and has also published practical guidance for governments on how to implement their children's rights and business obligations. Find out more >>

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The Principles provide a comprehensive framework for understanding and addressing the impact of business on the rights and well-being of children.
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Vietnam Industry Roundtable ICT Industry Event
29 March 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

 

UNICEF AEPRO Regional ICT Industry Event
16 - 17 March 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
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Child Online Protection and ICT
15 March 2016, Asuncion, Paraguay
Under the framework of #WeProtect, UNICEF and SENATICS (Secretary of Information and Communication Technologies) held a technical workshop concerning the role of telecommunications industries' role according to the national agenda of child online protection. This workshop convened different actors from both public and private sectors, who engaged in proactive discussions on how to integrate efforts to help advance the agenda of tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse material online. The key themes revolved around: positive practices of the private sector in Latin American and Caribbean regions regarding child online protection, the need for a cross-sectoral national plan focusing on prevention, the auto-regulation of mobile operators based on their technical capabilities and the need for defined roles of different actors within the public sector (law enforcement, specialized police, SENATICS...)

 

Children's Rights and ICTs – Tools of the Trade Workshop
8 March 2016, London, United Kingdom
Top industry experts gathered in London this month to discuss the roles and responsibilities of ICT companies in safeguarding children online.

The mobile internet offers huge opportunities for children to learn, connect, share and express their opinions. So what specific actions can be taken to maximise these opportunities while minimising and tackling the risks of inappropriate content and contact, online harassment and abuse?

These topics were the subject of the Children’s Rights and ICTs – tools of the trade workshop held in London by the UNICEF Children’s rights and business (CRB) unit, in collaboration with GSMA, the global industry body for mobile operators. Representatives from a wide range of industry bodies and NGOs, including mobile operators, technology companies, children’s’ and human rights organisations, got together to discuss these issues and to hear some of the new ways to tackle them. A significant focus of the day was on online child sexual abuse and the development of technological and other solutions to combat this. The event also covered how to collectively create a safe online environment and how can companies make use of UNICEF's CRB tools for the ICT industry to assess their impacts on children's rights both online and offline.

Methods of tackling child sexual exploitation online were further discussed in a working group, where prevention, protection and technical solutions were considered. Issues that arose included the differences between what is culturally and legally acceptable in individual countries. Educating children about online sexual exploitation was also considered key. Projects mentioned by participants indicated that parents were best for educating 8-12 year-olds, but teenagers took more notice of “webstars” – online celebrities in their early 20s.

GSMA and companies like Lego and Millicom are collaborating with UNICEF in developing practical tools for the ICT industry on safeguarding children. These tools are based on the Child Online Protection Guidelines for Industry and the CRBPs and they will be released in Q2 2016 following a global consultation.

More than thirty companies attended the event, including Vodafone, Orange, Tencent, Telenor, Millicom, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, BT, Disney, Lego, Nokia, Safaricom, and more. The event was attended by Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, along with other senior decision makers across CSR, sustainability and cybersecurity functions from the telecommunications, software and gaming industries.

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Tools of the Trade Workshop
25 February 2016, Windhoek, Namibia
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Thailand ICT Industry Rountable Event
24 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Children's Rights and ICTs – Tools of the Trade Workshop
23 February 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Mongolia ICT Industry Roundtable Event
3 February 2016, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

 

Industry Roundtable Event Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Child Online Protection
15-16–17 December 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

 

#WePROTECT: Global Online Child Sexual Abuse Summit
16 – 17 November 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The United Arab Emirates, in partnership with the UK, hosts the second Summit in Abu Dhabi, on 16-17 November this year.
First Summit on Global Online Child Sexual Abuse Summit in London, 2014

 

Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Child Online Protection
21-22 September 2015, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Child Online Protection
16-18 September 2015, San Salvador, El Salvador
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25-26 October 2015 – Presentation of the Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection at the ITU Regional Strategy Workshop for the Arab Region

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) presented the Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection (COP), produced in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and partners of the Child Online Protection Initiative, at the ITU Regional Strategy Workshop on Child Online Protection for the Arab Region: Empowering the future digital citizens, held in Cairo during the period 25 and 26 October 2015.

The COP Guidelines were presented as part of the roundtable about the Role of the Industry, together with John Carr (Executive Board of the UK Government’s Council on Child Internet Safety and Senior Expert Advisor for ECPAT)and regional representatives from Microsoft, IBM and TE Data (ISPs), where each of the participants spoke about their initiatives on Child Online Protection. Government representatives from Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan attended the event.

The Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection [PDF] provide advice on how the ICT industry can help promote safety for children using the Internet or any technologies or devices that can connect to it, as well as guidance on how to enable responsible digital citizenship, learning and civic participation. The updated version provides guidance specifically aimed at companies that develop, provide or make use of information and communication technologies.

The Guidelines were developed in alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

The presentations of the workshop are now available online here.

Also, here is the ITU blog on the article prepared by Mr. John Carr.

 

21-22 September 2015 – Building safe spaces with ICT: Action proposals to protect children and adolescents in Costa Rica

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT), TIGO, GSMA, Fundación Paniamor, UNICEF and other partners facilitated a child online protection workshop focused on building secure spaces for children online and to reactivate the Online Security National Commission through multi stakeholder participation. The presence of the Vice-president of Costa Rica highlighted the importance and engagement with the topic in the country.

Working tables were arranged to discuss 4 relevant topics: regulatory framework and stakeholder identification, research and monitoring, interagency mechanisms, and identification of projects that will promote a culture of online protection. The outcomes of these tables generated recommendations to reactivate a national online commission.

To conclude the workshops, CEOs from Claro, Telefónica Movistar, Kolbi ICE and Tigo signed a public commitment, “Carta de Compromiso de los Operadores de Telecomunicaciones Móviles de Costa Rica para apoyar la Estrategia de Seguridad en Linea en colaboración con la Comision Nacional de Seguridad en Linea,” to promote joint actions to secure responsible use of ICTs and to establish the Private Sector Advisory Council inside the National Commission for Online Security lead, by the Ministry of Telecommunications.

View the agenda here.

 

17-18 September 2015 – Child Online Protection workshop in El Salvador

UNICEF together with MILLICOM-TIGO and GSMA organized a two-day workshop focusing on generating spaces for analysis and reflexion about the good use of ICTs and preventive actions to protect children online.

The workshop discussed different perspectives on how stakeholders are protecting children and promoting a secure and positive usage of ICTs. A unique factor was the participation of children as panelists, who shared their perspective on how they are using mobile phones and what would influence them to positively use ICTs.

To conclude the workshop, all mobile operators from the country: TIGO, Claro, Telefónica and Digicel; together with UNICEF and GSMA signed the agreement “Acta de Compromisos para la Protección de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes contra el Abuso y la Explotación Sexual en Línea” in which they are committed to coordinate and join efforts to raise awareness of the positive use of ICTs, while preventing and protecting children online.

View the agenda here.

 

5 Sep 2014 – New Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and partners of the Child Online Protection Initiative, today released updated Guidelines to strengthen online protection for children.

The Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection provide advice on how the ICT industry can help promote safety for children using the Internet or any technologies or devices that can connect to it, as well as guidance on how to enable responsible digital citizenship, learning and civic participation. The updated version provides guidance specifically aimed at companies that develop, provide or make use of information and communication technologies.

The Guidelines call for a comprehensive response to the online risks facing children and partnerships across multiple stakeholder groups, including governments, companies, civil society, parents and educators.

The Guidelines were developed in alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

 

16 May 2014Children’s Rights in Sustainability Reporting

UNICEF has just issued a second edition of  Children’s rights in sustainability reporting: A guide for incorporating children’s rights into GRI-based reporting, in which the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has participated.

An industry wide understanding of how to report on corporate impact on children’s rights is still in its early stages.  Through this tool, UNICEF is starting a dialogue with companies on their actions to respect and support children’s rights and how these can be communicated in their sustainability reports.

 

15 May 2014  – ‘UNICEF Play Timer’ mobile app

Work-proof your mobile when spending time with your children with the new ‘UNICEF Play Timer’ app.

To increase awareness about ‘The Children’s Rights and Business Principles’, UNICEF Sweden has developed an app that enables children to spend quality time with their parents without any interruption from work. 

The app is available in Swedish, English, Spanish and French; read more and download the app at http://unicef.se/barnrattsprinciperna/about-playtimer.

Online child sexual exploitation is a crime and a global issue. It does not respect borders and tackling it requires multilateral and coordinated action by governments, law enforcement, industry and civil society.

In 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted the WePROTECT Summit in London to announce the UK-US task force creation to lead a global alliance of the biggest internet companies. This global alliance has, at heart, the goal to address indecent child images online.

The Summit brought together all those with a responsibility for protecting children online and successfully secured globally significant commitments from 50 governments and international organizations, 20 leading technology companies and 10 civil society organizations.

The Prime Minister further announced the UK will work with UNICEF to establish a new Global Child Protection Fund – of which the UK will contribute £50 million, over a five-year period.

www.weprotect.org

 

Special activities that have been organized in relation to this initiative are:

The Abu Dhabi WePROTECT Summit, 16-17 November 2015
To Take the WePROTECT agenda forward, the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with the UK, hosted a second summit in Abu Dhabi on 16-17 November 2015.
Summit supporting documents

 
WePROTECT Industry Event, London, 3 September 2015
Securing children‘s safety in a digital world
Following the London WePROTECT Summit, industry representatives met in London in September 2015 to discuss innovative tools for tackling online child sexual exploitation.

 
The London WePROTECT Summit, December 2014
#WeProtect Children Online Global Summit: Prime Minister’s speech
In December 2014, the UK’s Prime Minister hosted the WePROTECT Summit in London. Over 50 countries, including leading technology companies and non-governmental organizations gathered in London for a Summit to galvanize global action to tackle online child sexual exploitation.



 

Resources for business

UNICEF and ITU's: Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection

 

The Guardian Sustainability Hub: Children's Rights and Business

 

UNICEF Children's Rights and Business Pocket Guide

  

Beyond the Promotional Piggybank Child-Friendly Financial Products 

 

Sustainability Reporting on Children's Rights
UNICEF CSR Working Paper 

 

UNICEF's Child Info.Org
Monitoring the situation of children and women

 

Child Safety Online, UNICEF 2011
Global challenges and strategies

 

Child labor - UCW Programme
Understanding children's work

 

 The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights  Interpretative guide by OHCHR

 

Assessing The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism

 

Cover image of the Children’s Rights in the Mining Sector reportChildren’s Rights in the Mining Sector

 

Cover image of the Oil & Gas Scoping StudyOil & Gas Scoping Study