Girl amid Garbage
© UNICEF/NYHQ2006-2608/Michael Kamber
In December 2006 in Nigeria, a girl stands amid garbage, mud and human waste in an impoverished waterside community in Port Harcourt, capital of the southern Rivers State. Behind her, a goat forages in the debris.

The corporate responsibility to respect includes:

a. Respecting children’s rights in relationship to the environment
i. When planning and implementing environmental and resource-use strategies, ensure that business operations do not adversely affect children’s rights, including through damage to the environment or reducing access to natural resources.
ii. Ensure the rights of children, their families and communities are addressed incontingency plans and remediation for environmental and health damage from business operations, including accidents.

b. Respecting children’s rights as an integral part of human rights considerations when acquiring or using land for business operations
i. Where possible, avoid or minimize displacement of communities affected by land acquisition or land use for business purposes. Engage in meaningful, informed consultation with potentially affected communities to ensure that anyadverse impact on children’s rights is identified and addressed and that communities participate actively in and contribute to decision-making onmatters that affect them directly. Seeking the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples is specifically required for any project that affects their communities, and it is a desirable goal for any community impacted by acompany’s use or acquisition of land.
ii. Respect children’s rights – especially their right to education, protection, health, adequate food and adequate standard of living and participation – when planning and carrying out resettlement and providing for compensation.

The corporate commitment to support includes:

c. Supporting children’s rights in relationship to the environment where future generations will live and grow
Take measures to progressively reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from company operations and promote resource use that is sustainable. Recognize that these actions and other initiatives to better the environment will impact future generations. Identify opportunities to prevent and mitigate disaster risk and support communities in finding ways to adapt to the consequences of climate change.

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