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Children's Rights and Business Principles

The initiative Children's Rights and Business Principles was launched in March 2012 by UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Global Compact. This initiative marked the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, marketplace, community, and business spheres to respect and support children's rights. Previously, a framework for progress in children's rights had been missing from the business world.

The Principles were drafted based upon the input on existing standards, initiatives, and best practices. Six hundred adults representing business, government, and civil society were consulted. Feedback was also received from over 2,000 children from 9 different countries. At the close of the launch, difficult questions and considerations were brought out, particularly concerning how to mainstream children's rights and how to make them a business driver, as opposed to a set of requirements. In the long run, it was felt that the Principles should take on a broader application, whereby businesses would take an active role in addressing children's rights violations in their greater spheres of influence.

For more information:

CRIN | Children's Rights and Business Principles Initiative

Download the Children's Rights and Business Principles Report here pdf