Children's Rigts in the community and the environment

Children play in UNICEF-supported children-friendly space
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Children play in UNICEF-supported children-friendly space at the JS Bank camp on the outskirts of the city of Sewan Sharif, in Jamshoro District, Sindh Province, Pakistan.
Business operations affect the communities and the environment in which children live and therefore have a significant impact on children’s rights.

Topics such as the respect for the environment in which children live and grow; land acquisition practices or the management of security arrangements may be of relevance to your company depending on its sector and the nature and location of its business operations. Reviewing your company’s operations from this perspective offers an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to children that goes beyond what your company might already be doing to honour its legal obligations and 'social license to operate’.

This thematic area also flags the risks that companies should focus on when operating in emergency situations, whether caused by natural disasters or armed conflict. It highlights the pivotal role companies can play in protecting and promoting children’s rights in affected areas.
Finally, this section addresses the critical role of business in supporting national and local governments to fulfil children’s rights.


Four ways in which your business can promote children’s rights in the community and environment are: 
  • Respecting and supporting children’s rights in relation to the environment and to land acquisition and use
  • Respecting and supporting children’s rights in security arrangements
  • Helping protect children affected by emergencies
  • Reinforcing government and community efforts