Recognizing a need for explicit guidance on what it means for business to respect and support children’s rights, the United Nations Global Compact, Save the Children and UNICEF worked together to develop a set of principles, launched as Children’s Rights and Business Principles in March 2012. The Principles define what business can do to support children’s rights as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The role of business: Children’s Rights and Business Principles
Children’s Rights and Business Principles articulate the difference between the responsibility of business to respect – doing the minimum required to avoid infringing on children’s rights; and support – taking voluntary actions that seek to advance the realization of children’s rights.
Children’s Rights and Business Principles call on business to put in place appropriate policies and processes, as set out in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including a policy commitment and a due diligence process to address potential and actual impacts on human rights.
The Principles identify a comprehensive range of actions that all businesses should take to prevent and address risks to child rights and maximize positive business impacts in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.
We believe that Business is a critical stakeholder in translating children’s rights into a reality. We would like you or a representative from your business to lend your voice to the conversation on how South African Businesses can touch the lives of children.
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