Girl sewing Machine
© UNICEF/NYHQ2007-2695/Giacomo Pirozzi
Twelve-year-old Fadi Agali works at a sewing machine at the Centre Culturel France-Nigerien de Formation de L’ong Afeten, an arts centre in Niamey, the capital.

The corporate responsibility to respect includes:

a. Addressing safety and protection risks to children’s rights posed by business facilities and staff in the course of business activities
i. Ensure that company facilities are not used to abuse, exploit or harm children.
ii. Ensure that potentially dangerous areas of company facilities do not pose a safety threat to children, during or outside business hours.
iii. Make clear to staff that the business’s zero tolerance policy for violence, exploitation and abuse applies in all business activities, even when conducted away from business facilities.
iv. Take appropriate action when concerns of possible violence, exploitation or abuse arise.

v. Ensure that young workers above the minimum age for work are protected from hazardous work.

The corporate commitment to support includes:

b. Developing and implementing a child protection code of conduct
Develop a child protection code of conduct for business operations. Ensure awareness of and ongoing training on the code of conduct. Recommend that a child protection code of conduct be developed by others linked to the business’soperations, products or services through a business relationship.

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