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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. (UNGC/UNICEF/Save the Children, 2012)

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Good Practices Per Principle




This document provides examples of how companies can put into practice each of the Children's Principles. The examples are taken from actual practices undertaken by companies to respect and support children's rights. While the examples have not been formally vetted, they are intended to raise awareness of the many ways in which business can maximise their positive impacts and minimize their negative impacts on children. (UN Global Compact, 2012).

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About the Principles



Provides a brief overview of the Children's Rights and Business Principles. (UNGC/UNICEF/Save the Children, 2012)

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Financial Literacy: Empowering Children and Paving the Way for the Future



Provides a brief overview of the benefits of financial literacy among children and youth, and offers examples of programmes developed by companies and organizations for increasing financial awareness and education among children and youth. (UNGC/Child & Youth Finance International, 2013)

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Eliminating Child Labour – Guides for Employers



A set of three guides to help companies and employer organizations understand and take action against child labour. Guide 1 explains what child labour is, its causes, its consequences and lays out reasons why companies should eliminate child labour. Guide 2 explains from a business point of view what can be done to abolish child labour. It includes the basic elements of a child labour strategy: analyzing the situation; designing the strategy; immediate actions: hiring, hazards and hours; supporting child and household welfare; eliminating the need for child labour; eliminating child labour in the supply chain; using a code of conduct; auditing, monitoring and certification. Guide 3 is for employer organizations. (ILO/IOE, 2007)

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The portal provides further information about the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, as well as tools for companies on how to design a policy, implement a child rights assessment and address child rights in monitoring and reporting. In addition, it provides additional guidance on business' impact on the workplace, marketplace, community and environment. (UNICEF)

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Children: The Next Business Agenda



Following the release of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, Guardian Sustainable Business launched a new online hub on Children and Business. Updated weekly, the hub features articles and editorials that explore the intersection of child rights and business. (Guardian Sustainable Business, 2012)

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