Further reading

Demystifying the Connection between Children’s Rights and Business

Summary

By: Ida Hyllested, UNICEF

UNICEF has released a set of tools for companies that provide practical guidance on how to integrate child rights considerations into broader risk management processes. The tools have been designed to ‘demystify’ the connection between children’s rights and business. They explain in plain language what children’s rights mean for business and how companies can respect and support children’s rights in their decisions, activities and relationships.

The tools have been developed over the past three years in collaboration with experts and through consultations with business, consultancies, human rights advisers and other stakeholders. The tools can be used on their own or to complement a company’s efforts to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The tools include the following:

Children are Everyone’s Business – Workbook 2.0
A guide for integrating children’s rights into policies, impact assessments and sustainability reporting. The workbook, published in December 2013 by UNICEF, summarizes the guidance provided in UNICEF’s child rights implementation tools – including ‘Children’s Rights in Policies and Codes of Conduct’, ‘Children’s Rights in Impact Assessments’ and ‘Children’s Rights in Sustainability Reporting’.
Use this tool to:

  • Learn about and better understand the child rights issues relevant to each of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.
  • Determine the contexts where child rights risks or opportunities may be more prevalent.
  • Assess policies and processes that are critical to addressing child rights impacts, and identify actions for improvement.
  • Take actions to integrate children’s rights based on impact assessment findings.
  • Report on child rights performance.

Download this tool.

Children’s Rights in Policies and Codes of Conduct.
A tool for companies
Authors: UNICEF, Save the Children
Date: December 2013
This tool, released in December 2013 and put together by UINICEF and Save the Children, can be used to:

  • Deep dive into company policies as relevant to children’s rights
  • Integrate children’s rights elements into existing corporate commitments and policies
  • Get started on developing a stand-alone child rights or child protection policy or code of conduct
  • Establish expectations for personnel, suppliers, customers and other business partners.
  • Find suggestions for policy recommendations based on a company’s child rights risks or opportunities

Download this tool.

Children’s Rights in Impact Assessments
A guide for integrating child rights into impact assessments and taking action for children
This tool, released in December 2013 and put together by UINICEF and the Danish Institute for Human Rights, can be used to:

  • Deep dive into impact assessments as relevant to children’s rights
  • Examine company policies and processes to determine whether they effectively address potential or actual impacts on children’s rights
  • Integrate children’s rights criteria into wider social, environmental and human rights impact assessments.
  • Carry out a stand-alone child rights impact assessment.
  • Find guidance on specific actions a company can take to address identified risks or opportunities

Download this tool.

Children’s Rights in Sustainability Reporting
A guide for integrating children’s rights into the GRI reporting framework

This tool, released in December 2013 by UINICEF, can be used to:

  • Deep dive into sustainability reporting as relevant to children’s rights
  • Understand how to report on children’s rights
  • Identify elements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework that can be used for reporting on children’s rights
  • Identify examples of company information to report.

Download this tool.

Are Children Your Business?
A video that takes you through a visual journey of what children’s rights in business means; from the Convention on the Right of the Child to the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. It makes the case for children’s rights in business including through the voice of business leaders.

View this video.

For more information on these tools, please contact Ida Hyllested, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist, Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division, UNICEF