Engaging the private sector to achieve better results for children in Mali: The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) of Mali and UNICEF present the study "The Impact of the Private Sector on Children’s Rights in Mali"
BAMAKO, Mali, 28 September 2011 – The validation workshop of the study "The Impact of the Private Sector on Children in Mali - Mapping and analysis of the business community to further a child-focused Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda" was held on September 20 and 21 at the Hotel Amitié Laico in Bamako, the capital.
This study, first of its kind worldwide, stems from a partnership between the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Conducted at the end of 2010 by the Centre of Partnerships for Development (CAD) in collaboration with "The Partnering Initiative" and the "International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)", its main objective was to analyse the business community and CSR practices in Mali in order to develop child-focused corporate engagement.
The two-day workshop was organized to present and validate the main results of the study and brought together nearly 80 participants from the private and public sectors, international institutions and civil society organizations. It was designed to create a debate based on the findings and to develop a roadmap to increase the involvement of the business community in the promotion and protection of children’s rights in the country.
The official ceremony was attended by Mr. Marcel Rudasingwa, UNICEF Representative in Mali, Mr. Youssouf Maiga, Advisor of the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce and Mr. Maiga Boncana, President of the National Parliament of Children. On this occasion, Mr. Maiga Boncana read the declaration of children on CSR to the audience, reaffirming the importance of strategic corporate engagement to further children's rights and sustainable social development in Mali.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Rudasingwa, highlighted that the forthcoming publication of the study is part of the organisation’s new approach to corporate engagement, including the joint initiative by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children on "Principles on Business and Children’s Rights". The Principles aim to set the standard for child-friendly business everywhere and will be officially launched on November 14 in London.
In Mali, a special event will be held to launch the Principles and the study on November 21 to commemorate the universal day of children.
Ismaël Ishaq Maïga, UNICEF Communication Specialist
Katarina Johansson Mekoulou, UNICEF Partnership & Resource Mobilisation Specialist
For up-to-date information on this initiative as it continues: http://www.unicef.org/mali