National Release of Children’s Rights and Business Principles
07. June 2012
UNICEF Serbia, UN Global Compact Serbia and Save the Children released the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.WHAT?
The Children's Rights and Business Principles identify a range of actions that all business should take to respect children's rights - to prevent and address any adverse impact on children's human rights, as well as measures all business is encouraged to take to help support and advance children's rights. It recognizes the tremendous positive power of businesses large and small, and seeks to promote the best business practices. The principles call on the entire business community around the world to evaluate their impact on the rights of children and to take action to make a difference for children.
Ten principles identify actions for all businesses to respect and support children's rights.
Principle 1 outlines three core actions to be taken to achieve this corporate responsibility to respect children's rights - policy commitments, due diligence measures and remediation. It also encourages all businesses to go beyond respect for children's rights to the next steps of supporting and promoting children's rights.
The remaining nine Principles encourage business to implement these core actions by considering the impact on children of all their activities and their relationships related to the workplace, marketplace, community and the environment.
The conference was attended by more than 50 representatives primarily from different business industries, but also from the civil sector and governmental institutions. It was an opportunity to introduce the Principles and engage the participants in discussion on its implementation.
Children's rights are an essential investment in our sustainable future. Human rights apply to all children. Safeguarding these rights helps build the strong, well-educated communities that are vital to creating a stable, inclusive and productive business environment.
The business that integrates respect and support for children into its strategy and operations generates benefits for children, society; and can generate real benefits for business as well. Positive action for children's rights can build reputations, improve risk management and enhance the social licence to operate - including gaining and maintaining the support of the people who live and work where the business is conducted. A commitment to children can also help recruit and maintain a motivated workforce.
CHILDRENS RIGHTS AND PRINCIPLES.pdf.pdf [ pdf 1,1MB ]