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Children in Humanitarian Crises

Guidance on Children in Humanitarian Crises: What Business Can Do


New York, 19 September 2016 – UNICEF and the United Nations Global Compact released today the guidance on Children in Humanitarian Crises: What Business Can Do, outlining ways in which business can help uphold children’s rights and support and promote their well-being during humanitarian crises.

One in 200 children in the world is a refugee, forcefully displaced within his or her own country or abroad by violence and conflict. This number has doubled from 2005 to 2015. In the context of humanitarian crises, from natural disasters to conflicts, the most vulnerable members of society – children – are among those who suffer the worst impacts. Not only are pre-existing problems exacerbated, but new threats emerge and systems to protect children often fail. As the world is facing unprecedented humanitarian needs, there is opportunity for the private sector to play an important role in providing assistance, to both adults and children, ultimately complementing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Protecting children and investing in their well-being before, during and after humanitarian crises not only provides the foundation for social development, but also drives business advantages. The interests of children and of business are inextricably linked, as resilient and sustainable societies and business environments will only be possible if the fundamental rights of future generations are protected and promoted.

Children in Humanitarian Crises: What Business Can Do builds on existing frameworks such as the United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles, the Business for Peace initiative and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. While presenting opportunities to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda for Humanity, this resource explains the role companies can play in ensuring the well-being of children in humanitarian crises. It highlights the urgency and need to reach children in humanitarian crises and outlines the positive and negative impacts of business on children. It also aims to inspire action and stimulate learning by providing examples of how business can support and advance children’s rights and well-being.

Following a brief introduction of the issues surrounding children in humanitarian crises and presentation of the business case, the guidance illustrates a holistic approach encompassing actions to respect and support children’s rights and well-being within business operations and the community, and throughout the three phases of the humanitarian programme cycle (before, during and after a humanitarian crisis). Examples are included throughout the resource to illustrate the types of engagement companies can undertake in support of children in humanitarian crises.

For further information you may contact childreninemergencies[@]unicef[.]org.

• Download the Executive Summary here

• Download the full pdf publication here



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