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March 12, 2012
Business is Encouraged to Uphold Children's Rights
    by Robert Kropp

The Children's Rights and Business Principles call on companies to expand their commitment beyond child labor and develop policies and due diligence to actively ensure that the rights of children are respected.

Children are key stakeholders of business, yet they "are among the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society," according to the recently published Children's Rights and Business Principles. The Principles "call on businesses everywhere to uphold children's rights through their policy commitments, due diligence and remediation measures, and to take action to advance children's rights."

The Principles, which were developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact, and Save the Children, grew out of meetings and online consultations involving more than 600 business leaders, representatives from civil society and government, experts, and children. While they do not create new legal obligations for companies, they echo the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in calling for policy commitments and human rights due diligence.

The Guiding Principles, authored by Professor John Ruggie, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights (UNSRSG), were endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in June of last year.

The first Principle encourages corporate social responsibility (CSR) toward children through policy commitments, due diligence measures, and remediation. The remaining eight are mapped according to the workplace, the marketplace, and the community and environment.

"To date, recognition of the responsibility of business towards children has often focused on preventing or eliminating child labor," the Principles observe, and continuing to addressing child labor is encouraged. The Principles go well beyond this single issue, however, and call for assessments of business operations through products and services and marketing, along with relationships with national governments and local communities.

"Respect for children's rights is the minimum required of business," the Principles state. "Actions to support children's rights are strongly encouraged."


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