CAD participates in the development of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles Tools

CAD has been one of the expert organizations that has provided support and strategic advisory services to UNICEF throughout the consultative process of the design and production of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles Tools. This guidelines aim to support companies integrate children’s rights considerations into their policies and processes.

How to put Children’s Rights and Business Principles into practice?

Children are Everyone’s Business – Workbook 2.0. A guide for integrating children’s rights into policies, impact assessments and sustainability reporting. This workbook will help companies, for instance, to better understand the child rights issues, and will help them take actions to integrate children’s rights based on impact assessment findings and report on child rights performance.

Children’s Rights in Policies and Codes of Conduct. This tool will support companies to integrate children’s rights into existing corporate commitments and policies, and will lead them on how to get started on developing a stand-alone child rights or child protections policy or code of conduct.

Children’s Rights in Impact Assessments. This guide offers a number of criteria that companies can use both to review critical areas of potential or actual impact on children’s rights, and identify actions for improvement.

Children’s Rights in Sustainability Reporting. This tool will help companies understanding how to report on children’s rights; identifying elements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework that can be helpful; and identifying examples of company information to report.

10 Children’s Rights and Business Principles

1. Meet their responsability to respect children’s rights and commit to supporting the human rights of children.
2. Contribute to the elimination of child labour, including in all business activities and business relationships.
3. Provide decent work for Young workers, parents and caregivers.
4. Ensure the protection and safety of children in all business activities and facilities.
5. Ensure that products and services are safe, and seek to support children’s rights through them.
6. Use marketing and advertising that respect and support children’s rights.
7. Respect and support children’s rights in relation to the environment and to land acquisition and use.
8. Respect and support children’s rights in security arrangements.
9. Help protect children affected by emergencies.
10. Reinforce community and government efforts to protect and fulfil children’s rights.

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