Business interacts with children on a daily basis. Business impacts the wide range of children’s rights – beyond child labour. But it also has enormous power to improve the rights of children and protect them from harm through the way in which it treats employees, operates its facilities, develops and markets its products, provides its services, and exerts its influence on economic and social development.
But business can do more, especially for the most marginalized children. Despite the growth in corporate responsibility and the business and human rights agenda, children as stakeholders and their rights still are not being addressed explicitly within the private sector.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) goes beyond philanthropy. Child-focused CSR contributes to sustainable development, including the health and the welfare of children. It also takes into account the expectations of children and their family as stakeholders.
CSR within UNICEF refers to efforts towards positively changing business behaviour and practices as they affect children in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including companies, governments, civil society, children and young people.
CRC General Comment No. 16 On State obligations regarding the impact of the business sector on children's rights