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Parliament of Azerbaijan and UNICEF Call to Business to Respect and Support Children’s Rights

BAKU, 22 May 2013 – A landmark set of principles to ensure that companies respect and support children’s rights will be discussed during a round table organized by the Parliament of Azerbaijan (Milli Mejlis) and UNICEF on 22 May.

Mr. Mark Hereward, UNICEF Representative, Ms. Bahar Muradova, Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Azerbaijan Republic, Mr. Antonius Broek, UN Resident Coordinator and Ms. Ida Margarita Hyllested, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist, PFP, UNICEF are at Child Rights and Business Principles Launch.  - UNICEF Azerbaijan/E. Ibrahimova/2013 

Leading private sector companies, MPs, and representatives of international organizations will attend the event to discuss how private sector companies can conduct their business in a way which is in the best interest of children and their families, in the workplace, marketplace and community.

“Business is vital for national development, and its work impacts all of us, particularly children. I hope this discussion will open a new page in the way business in Azerbaijan can engage socially as well as economically in realizing the rights of children”, said the UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan Mr. Mark Hereward.

UNICEF international expert on Private Fundraising and Partnership, Ida Hyllested, will present guidance for the business community - “Children’s Rights and Business Principles” - that was developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children, and launched in 2012 in UK.

Covering a wide range of key issues – from child labour including marketing and advertising practices and also the role of business in aiding children affected by emergencies – the Principles call on businesses everywhere to uphold children’s  rights through their policy commitments, due diligence and remediation measures, and to take action to advance children’s rights. The Principles identify a comprehensive range of actions that all businesses should take to prevent and address adverse impacts connected with their activities and relationships, and maximize positive business impact on children’s lives.

The Principles aspire to be a key reference point for existing and future voluntary and other initiatives on business and children, and to promote multi-stakeholder collaboration. They are for all businesses, transnational and national, regardless of their size, sector, location, ownership and structure.



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