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Children's Rights and Business Principles

Developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children – the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (the Principles) are the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to respect and support children’s rights. While the business and human rights agenda has evolved significantly in recent years, a child rights perspective has not yet been explicitly addressed.

The Principles are built on existing standards, initiatives and best practices related to business and children, and seek to fill gaps to present a coherent vision for business to maximize the positive impacts and minimize negative impacts on children. In doing so, the Principles help to elaborate both expectations of, and opportunities for business, in relation to children; who are often overlooked as stakeholders of business.

Recognizing the important contribution that business can make in shaping these Principles and ensuring their relevance to business operations, the partners launched an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process involving business, civil society, governments and children across sectors and geographies. An online feedback channel was also launched by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.


Engagement Opportunity

Companies are encouraged to share their experience in respecting and supporting children’s rights in their operations. For further information, please email childrensprinciples@unglobalcompact.org.  

Please also visit the Business and Human Rights Resources Center's Business & Children Portal for further information about the issue and engagement opportunities.

Key Documents



General Inquiries:

Anita Househam
Policy/Legal Adviser
UN Global Compact

(Last updated: 22 March 2013)