Tracking Performance and Reporting on Results
Depending on size and available resources, companies should consider reporting annually or periodically to internal and external stakeholders on results achieved, dilemmas and challenges faced, and plans, targets and future commitments. This can form part of an annual sustainability or corporate responsibility reporting cycle.
Tracking and communicating performance demonstrates that a business is serious about its commitment to children. Monitoring and tracking the effectiveness of the company’s response is vital to verifying whether measures are addressing children’s rights impacts effectively and whether policies and procedures are adequate. Monitoring should be ongoing and may build on existing company systems, as long as they can incorporate qualitative and quantitative indicators that are relevant for children.
Ongoing monitoring includes collecting data on all incidents and allegations involving children, including cases where the company was deemed responsible or where no responsibility was identified. Any reporting on child rights incidents or allegations involving children should be carried out with caution to protect children’s rights to privacy to ensure that transparency does not put children in a more vulnerable position.
Children’s Rights in Sustainability Reporting
Date: December, 2013
This tool is intended to help companies report and communicate on how they are respecting and supporting children’s rights. The tool provides child rights extensions to existing GRI indicators in order to enable companies to report on children’s rights using existing reporting frameworks.