New guidelines for childrens rights

A groundbreaking set of principles has been created to guide businesses in their interactions with children

Compiled by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children, the Children’s Rights and Business Principles offer the first comprehensive guide to companies regarding children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and the community.

The 10 principles cover a number of key issues, including child labour, marketing and advertising practices, and the role of business in helping children affected by emergencies. It also encourages businesses to uphold and advance children’s rights.

“I call on business leaders everywhere to embrace the spirit of the Principles,” says Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations. “Businesses increasingly recognise their responsibility to respect the rights of the youngest members of our society. In addition, many businesses are committed to supporting children and working with governments and civil society to advance children’s rights. But when it comes to children, we all need to do more.”

The Principles come after a consultation period with more than 600 business leaders, civil society representatives and children themselves.

Georg Kell, executive director of the UN Global Compact, says: “The Children’s Rights and Business Principles are a much-needed call to action for business to get serious about children’s rights. At the same time, they underscore the tremendous potential for positive action that can create value for children, communities and business alike.”

For more information, visit
www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/human_rights/childrens_principles.html

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