Integration of Children's Rights into Core Business
The integration of children’s rights refers to actions taken in response to particular impacts – both potential and actual – as identified in the human rights impact assessment. The business can also consider developing action plans and partnerships that leverage strategic opportunities to support children’s rights.
Effective due diligence requires that the company’s response is properly anchored in internal procedures and systems. This includes allocating responsibility at the appropriate level and function within the business, as well as ensuring sufficient resources and internal oversight to address performance. Additionally, establishing clear and measurable goals is important for accountability.
Embedding children’s rights into company policies and procedures refers to creating a culture of respect for children’s human rights and to recognizing these rights as a core value of the business. Examples of how to embed and integrate assessment findings include corporate action to:
- Amend job descriptions to include responsibility for children’s rights.
- Train, empower and incentivize staff to deliver on child rights goals.
- Establish cross-functional groups to implement activities.
- Assign a focal point to champion children’s rights within the business.
- Ensure the sensitivity of grievance mechanisms for child rights issues.
- Set up an ombudsperson for children.
With regard to suppliers, partners or others with whom the business is linked, ensuring respect for children’s rights should be built into contract modalities. Additionally, the provision of training and capacity-building opportunities can help a business use its leverage to mitigate the risks to children.