UNICEF establishes its Business Advisory Council in Kazakhstan

The aim of the Business Advisory Council is to create a platform where business leaders come together to develop and coordinate joint action with UNICEF for children in Kazakhstan

08 December 2021
UNICEF Kazakhstan 2021
UNICEF Kazakhstan 2021

NUR-SULTAN/ALMATY, 8 December 2021 – The private sector has a critical role in building a society where the rights of every child are realised. Today, to unlock the potential for business in building a better society for children, UNICEF Kazakhstan establishes its Business Advisory Council, which will enhance collaboration between UNICEF and businesses to develop solutions for key issues children face.

“Children are everyone’s business. We are very pleased that a good number of business leaders in Kazakhstan have committed to joining UNICEF’s efforts to protect and promote children’s rights in the country. I hope that others will be inspired by their example. With the power of business, we will be able to find solutions for key challenges children face and deliver them at pace and at scale”, - said UNICEF Representative to Kazakhstan Arthur van Diesen.

The aim of the Business Advisory Council is to facilitate coordination of joint actions between companies and UNICEF to improve the health, nutrition, education and protection of children in Kazakhstan. The council will also focus on integrating children’s rights into the business agenda, thus positioning child rights at the heart of every socially responsible business.

“The level of development of the state is largely determined by the attitude towards the younger generation, children, who are the potential for the future of our country. In Kazakhstan, business supports various children's projects related to the development, education, health of young Kazakhstanis. I think that within the framework of the UNICEF initiative, we will be able to consolidate the experience and best practices of national business and an international children's organization to improve the social environment and ensure decent living conditions for the children of Kazakhstan”, - said Umut Shayakhmetova, Chairperson of the Management Board, Member of the Board of Directors, JSC Halyk Bank.

The Council members will offer UNICEF their time, knowledge, innovative ideas, skills, and business networks to support programmes and initiatives that improve and protect the rights of children in Kazakhstan. The Council is made up of 10 members who will meet at least twice a year, cooperate and work together on issues concerning the wellbeing and lives of children and corporate social responsibility. The Action Plan agreed by the Council members will guide them in their joint efforts. Through their extensive business experience, the members will provide guidelines for creating strategies for the business sector’s greater involvement in improving children’s lives and participate in assessing the business impact on child rights.

Every meeting of BAC will be devoted to a specific programmatic area in line with the 5-year UNICEF Country Programme approved with the Government of Kazakhstan. Child nutrition, online children’s safety and quality of education are among the priority topics for the potential engagement of BAC members.

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