Corporate social responsibility
For UNICEF, ‘corporate social responsibility’ refers to efforts to positively change business behaviour and practices as they affect children. This is done in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including companies, government, civil society, children and young people.
Businesses have significant impacts, both positive and negative, on children’s rights. They make important contributions to the well-being of children by creating jobs and livelihoods for families, as well as in the form of philanthropic initiatives. At the same time, violations of children’s rights by companies can threaten children’s protection, survival and development.
By adopting and promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR) with a focus on children’s rights, UNICEF is supporting companies, governments and civil society in their efforts to prevent and address the negative impacts of business, while accelerating the positive impacts on children’s lives in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.
We do this through three interrelated work areas:
UNICEF’s work on CSR is grounded in delivering results for the most disadvantaged children. It represents a unique opportunity to work together with the private sector – through addressing core business practices and leveraging corporate knowledge, skills and networks – to address the challenges facing disadvantaged children.
We believe that CSR can make a valuable contribution to children’s rights because:
UNICEF has an important role in raising awareness of how business affects children, and in working with both government and business to promote the responsibility to protect, respect and support children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and community.
Our CSR work is part of UNICEF’s efforts to develop and maintain innovative partnerships and collaborative relationships, with the goal of promoting equity, reducing disparities and expanding services for the most vulnerable and marginalized children.