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UNICEF Corporate and Philanthropic Partnerships

The Children's Rights and Business Principles


Recognizing a need for explicit guidance on what it means for business to respect and support children’s rights, the United Nations Global Compact, Save the Children and UNICEF worked together to develop a set of principles, launched as Children’s Rights and Business Principles in March 2012. The Principles define what business can do to support children’s rights as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The role of business: Children’s Rights and Business Principles

Children’s Rights and Business Principles articulate the difference between the responsibility of business to respect – doing the minimum required to avoid infringing on children’s rights; and support – taking voluntary actions that seek to advance the realization of children’s rights.

Children’s Rights and Business Principles call on business to put in place appropriate policies and processes, as set out in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including a policy commitment and a due diligence process to address potential and actual impacts on human rights.

The Principles identify a comprehensive range of actions that all businesses should take to prevent and address risks to child rights and maximize positive business impacts in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.


Children’s Rights and Business Principles

All business should:

  1. Meet their responsibility to respect children’s rights and commit to supporting the human rights of children.
  2. Contribute to the elimination of child labour, including in all business activities and business relationships.
  3. Provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers.
  4. Ensure the protection and safety of children in all business activities and facilities.
  5. Ensure that products and services are safe, and seek to support children’s rights through them.
  6. Use marketing and advertising that respect and support children’s rights.
  7. Respect and support children’s rights in relation to the environment and to land acquisition and use.
  8. Respect and support children’s rights in security arrangements.
  9. Help protect children affected by emergencies.
  10. Reinforce community and government efforts to protect and fulfil children’s rights.


Implementation Tools

A set of practical tools is available to help business respect and support children’s rights. These include guidance on implementing relevant policies; conducting impact assessments; integrating appropriate programmes and systems; and monitoring and reporting on children’s rights.

For further information on the Tools please visit https://www.unicef.org/csr/88.htm



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