By: Ida Hyllested, UNICEF
As part of UNICEF’s ongoing advocacy and awareness raising around the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, the CSR Unit within UNICEF hosted a one-day workshop for consultancies, advisory services organizations and other human rights practitioners to engage in in-depth discussions around children’s rights related to business. The event is part of a broader strategy by UNICEF to engage a wide range of stakeholders on the child rights and business agenda, including business, government, academia, and civil society.
Organized alongside the second annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the workshop was attended by 30 participants representing a range of organizations including management consultancies, niche human rights and CSR consultancies, business networks and research organizations. Participants engaged in stimulating discussions and debate on effectively assessing business impacts on children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and community; ways of integrating child rights considerations into broader human rights due diligence activities; and how business can engage children as key stakeholders.
UNICEF staff presented key issue areas for the participants to address with their clients using UNICEF’s tools for business. The workshop also featured panel presentations from business and human rights practitioners on the various methodologies and tools they employ to assess child rights impact. Panelists presented real case studies of impact assessments conducted at the country level, including an assessment in Malawi on the effects of a uranium mine on children in surrounding communities, as well as a study of the potential child rights impacts of a telecommunications provider in the DRC.
For more information, please contact Ida Hyllested, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist, Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division, UNICEF