Partnerships for development

Dancing children.
Building the bridge between business and children’s rights.
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Luca Kleve-Ruud/Save the Children

Working together for children’s rights: Government, civil society and business.

Governments, civil society and business all profoundly impact children and their rights:

  • Governments, for instance, can create legislation to support and protect children and their rights.
  • Civil society can influence the lives of young people through programming and advocating for children’s rights.
  • And the private sector can also affect children and young people, both directly (as through employment) and indirectly (as through policy).

Perhaps the most effective way to respect and support children’s rights, however, is for these three key stakeholders to collaborate.

Save the Children believes that through cooperation and partnership, governments, civil society and businesses can work together to affect positive and sustainable change in the lives of children and young people.

Building the bridge between business and children’s rights

As an expert in bringing social change to the lives of many young people, Save the Children can serve as a bridge between businesses and the communities in which they operate so that child rights violations are recognized, addressed and remedied. In this way, Save the Children can help business realize its goal of supporting and respecting children and their rights.

Save the Children has four distinct functions when it partners with a business:

Guide: Save the Children can help businesses establish effective policy commitments (through, for example, the framing or revamping of a Human Rights Policy).

Monitor: Save the Children can help businesses monitor how effective their policy commitments and due diligence processes are. Save the Children also promotes the meaningful participation of children and therefore could help introduce the child’s voice into important conversations about children’s rights.

Enforce: Save the Children can help businesses establish “grievance mechanisms” for their employees (including children and young people). Save the Children can also help businesses recognize and address child rights violations, and find the best way forward for all concerned.

Advance: Save the Children can advance the cause of children’s rights by facilitating consultations, providing training to executives and employees, helping businesses better understand the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, and by shining a light on the many different avenues where business and the rights of children intersect.

Through its matchless experience and vast international network, and through cooperation and partnership with all stakeholders, Save the Children can help bridge the gap of understanding between business and the rights of children.