The Good Space - Partnership with UNICEF Thailand to promote the Children's Rights and Business Principles

The Good Space - Partnership with UNICEF Thailand to promote the Children's Rights and Business Principles

  • Overview

    Project objectives

    Sansiri believes that everyone is entitled to the foundations of growth. We design our homes as a platform for life-enrichment, while our ‘Social Change’ programme serves as a means to protect and enhance children’s rights at every level of our operation. Sansiri’s business conduct ensures that we do not compromise children’s futures, and proves that business can be a force for sustainable development.

    ‘The Good Space’ (children-friendly space) is a collaboration between Sansiri and our official partner UNICEF to improve the lives of children living at construction camps. From 2010–2015, Sansiri examines the company’s supply chain, and went from implementing a zero-tolerance policy on child-labour at construction sites, to creating safe child-friendly spaces throughout the company’s construction sites in Thailand. The growth of this programme incorporates all of UNICEF’s principles of child-friendly business, including child-survival (zero-tolerance policy); child-protection (safe areas); and child-development, (provision of basic education) enabling children to enrol in proper school. In 2016, Sansiri, UNICEF, and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) have signed an MOU in the multiple partnership (World Health Organization Thailand as witness) to target child-participation by providing children and parents in construction camps better access to public health services.

    In support of the end of child-labour, The Good Space is a child-friendly space allocated within Sansiri’s construction sites for children of construction workers of any nationality to use in safety. Children of age range between 0-14 year-old are allowed to use this space for learning, developing, and playing. Instead of running around aimlessly in the accident-prone areas, they can enjoy various activities in this safe environment.

    On average, a construction project lasts about 1,300 days. This is also the longevity of The Good Space for each construction site/camp before they end up being bulldozed after the construction project is completed, as the construction workers have to move over to a new construction site. This, in most cases, is the time limit opportunity for the children to learn, play and develop in a safe environment. If they are lucky, the new site they move to will have The Good Space waiting for them. If not, the chance of them having access to learning and developing could be low. We encourage all business involved in construction to see the importance of children’s safety and development, to help carry on such space where possible.

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions; 17. Partnerships for the goals

    Partnership types of interest

    Advocacy of global issues; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Regions / countries / territories

    Asia: 40 countries

    • Afghanistan
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bangladesh
    • Bhutan
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Cambodia
    • China
    • China - Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
    • China - Macau (Special Administrative Region)
    • China - Taiwan Province
    • Christmas Island
    • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    • Cyprus
    • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    • French Southern and Antarctic Lands
    • Georgia
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Lao People's Democratic Republic
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mongolia
    • Myanmar
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Republic of Korea
    • Singapore
    • Sri Lanka
    • Tajikistan
    • Thailand
    • Timor Leste
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vietnam

    Detailed location

    24 child-friendly spaces (’the Good Space) in 11 provinces throughout Thailand

    Issue areas

    Child Labour; Children's Rights; Education; Gender Equality; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Principle 1; Principle 2; Principle 5; Women's Empowerment; Youth


    Existing partners

    Main contact: Raja Asvanon
    UNICEF Thailand, Ministry of Public Health, World Health Organization Thailand, Baan Dek Foundation, Mercy Foundation

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    Company; NGO Global; NGO Local; Small or Medium-sized Enterprise; Social Enterprise