Introduction to the Principles

“We are not sources of problems; we are the resources that are needed to solve them. We are not expenses; we are investments. We are not just young people; we are people and citizens of this world.” – ‘A World Fit for Us,’ 5-7 May 2002, United Nations Special Session on Children.

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent a milestone in the business and human rights discussion. However, recognizing the need for stronger visibility of children’s rights, Save the Children, the United Nations Global Compact and UNICEF joined forces to develop the Children’s Rights and Business Principles released in 2012, to give business a clear idea of where and how their business might impact children.

Children's rights and business principles set out business action to respect and support children's rights.

© UNICEF. Presentation of the Children's Rights and Business Principles