News and Events Archive

Webinar "Children's Rights and Business, A Conversation with business and the Committee on the Rights of the Child"17 Sept 2012
The purpose of the webinar was to inform and consult with business on the upcoming General Comment. The General Comment seeks to provide guidance to governments on their duties and responsibilities with regards to the impact of business on children's rights. 
Recording of the webinar. Summary of the webinar. Marta Mauras 'presentation.
Pease find more information on the General comment here


Malaysia Release of the Principles
11 Sept 2012 - Kuala Lumpur
The CRBP Malaysia launch was held in the form of a corporate luncheon on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 from 11.45am-3pm at Carcosa Seri Negara hotel, Kuala Lumpur. A total of 51 guests were present and these included representatives from businesses, representatives from consulting firms and the Malaysian bar council, ambassadors, embassy representatives, UN colleagues and UNICEF staff. The opening speeches were presented by Dr Tan Lin Lah, President of UNGC Malaysia (Global Compact Network Malaysia) and Ms Wivina Belmonte, UNICEF Representative to Malaysia.
Event information - Press release - Press coverage: - Malaysian Times - Free Malaysia today


Colombia release of the Principles
4 Sept 2012 - Bogota
Invitation - Release information


Ghana release of the Principles
6 Sept 2012


India releases of the Principles
Releases information
1 August 2012 - New Delhi - Programme of the day - Presentation
7 August 2012 -Mumbai - Programme of the day


Panama release of the Principles
19 July 2012 - Panama City
The launching event was attended by important Panamanian business leaders, civil society and representatives of Government. Una McCauley, UNICEF Panama Representative made a call to all companies to take on the challenge of meeting their responsibility to respect and promote the Rights of the Child.
Information on the event and Video presenting the Principles


Bangladesh release of the Principles
30 June 2012
The UNICEF office in Bangladesh presented the Principles with Save the Children and Global Compact.
About fifty leading members of the private sector attended the event, with representatives from Marks &Spencer,
H&M and Telenor.
Release information


Paraguay release of the Principles
14 June 2012
The UNICEF office in Paraguay, together with the local Global Compact network and Save
the Children, held a workshop where were presented the Children's Rights and Business Principles.
The 3 organizations also analyzed Indicators which will help companies in their way to implement
CSR policies focused on Children’s Rights.
Programme of the day


Release of the Workbook "Children are Everyone's Business"
12 June 2012
The UNICEF pilot Workbook helps business to take action to demonstrate their respect and
support for children’s rights.With this release, UNICEF encourages companies and relevant
stakeholders, including civil society and governments, to use the Workbook to deliver real and
lasting changes to children around the world.
CRIN - Business & Human Rights - Guardian Sustainable Business


Guardian Sustainable Business: Live Q&A session on the root causes of child labour
12 June 2012
Tackling the root causes of child labour; what is the role of companies in tackling child labour?
What role can they also play in providing decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers?
And what is the role of Governments?
For UNICEF, Joanne Dunne, Senior Advisor, Child Labour, will take part as one of the panelists in
the Q&A as well as Marianne Barner from IKEA, Barclays, Environmental Justice, and the Fair
Trade Foundation.
Join the UNICEF - Guardian Sustainability Business Hub


Nigeria Release of the Principles
12 June 2012- Lagos, Nigeria
UNICEF Nigeria in conjunction with Save the Children and the Nigerian UNGC network hosted a release event for the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.The event was attended by Corporate Social Responsibility Managers from Nigerian private sector organizations and Directors of civil society organizations. This event was a call to the Nigerian private sector to embrace the broad scope of Corporate Social Responsibility and move beyond philanthropy to issues of responsible business policy and practice. 
Release information


Twitter Chat on Children and Business
7 June 2012
In the lead up to the Rio event, UNICEF has organized a twitter chat with young people to engage
business on themes of sustainability, and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. Keith Weed,
Chief Marketing Officer from Unilever has participated as a business representative. The questions
from young people will also feed into the panel at Rio and posed to the speakers on the panel.
Article on the Guardian Sustainability


Serbia Release of the Principles
7 June 2012 - Belgrade
The conference was held in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade – attended by more than
50 representatives primarily from different business industries, but also from the civil sector and
governmental institutions – was an opportunity to introduce the Principles and engage the participants
in discussion on its implementation. Leading Serbian TV journalist, Zoran Stanojevic chaired the national
release of the Principles
Press release


Latin America Release of the Principles
22 May 2012 - Ecuador - CSR Americas Forum
The Release of the Principles in Latin America took place during the CSR Americas Forum. The Principles were presented by UNICEF, Save the Children and the UN Global Compact to Business leaders.
Event invitation - Press release

China Release of the Principles
15 May 2012 - Shanghaï, Hong-Kong and Beijing
UNICEF, Save the Children and Global Compact have gathered around 80 business leaders, representatives from government-affiliated organisations, academics and child rights experts to find out more about the new global guidelines on Children's Rights and Business.
Event information - Programme of the Day


Montenegro Release of the Principles
15 May 2012- Podgorica
Event information

Moldova release of the Principles
15 May 2012 - Chisinau
The event was organized by UNICEF, the Global Compact and the European Business Association. Over 30 businesses attended the event that will open a new page in the way business in Moldova can engage socially as well as economically in realizing the rights of children”
Press release - Programme of the Day

Sweden Release of the Principles
25 April 2012 - Sheraton Hotel, Stockholm
In the presence of Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden; UNICEF Sweden, Radda Barnen (Save the Children Sweden) and Sweden UNGC network will be presenting the Children's Rights and Business Principles to the Swedish business leaders and other stakeholders in a seminar at the Sheraton Hotel in Stockholm. 
Press release

Norway Release of the Principles
16 March 2012
After an introduction made by Trond Giske, Minister of Trade and Commerce, Save the Children Norway and UNICEF Norway have presented the Children's Rights and Business Principles to some business leaders such as the telenor Group, NBIM and Accenture.
Event information

London global release of the Principles
12 March 2012 - London
UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children introduced the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, a call on business to step up their efforts to respect and support children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and community. Over 150 participants attended the event primarily from business, but also from civil society, UN and other stake-holders. A significant number of UNICEF corporate partners attended and were also featured as speakers. UNICEF was represented by the Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, Leila Pakkala, and Senior Advisor Office of the Executive Director, Richard Morgan. Read more..


6 March 2012 - UNICEF
World meets Millennium Development Goal target 
The MDG target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe water has been met, according to a new UNICEF/WHO report.
Read the Joint Press Release 


5 March 2012 - UNICEF
The State of the World’s Children
Each year, UNICEF’s flagship report, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The 2012 report is available here: ‘Children in an Urban World’.


30 December 2011 - UNICEF
UNICEF records major successes in challenging humanitarian year
Watch the video of UNICEF's year in review.


December 2011
Children’s Rights are among the 2012 Top Ten List of emerging Business and Human Rights Issues by IHRB
The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) has published their 2012 Top Ten List of emerging Business and Human Rights issues. Children’s rights stand third on their list of critical issues to address.

June 2011
Launch of the Business & Children online portal by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
The Business & Children portal provides up-to-date information on the many ways that companies impact children's rights. Issues covered range from child labour to workplace parental leave; from sexual exploitation to education. For further information see