The Principles

The Children’s Rights and Business Principles – a framework for sustainability
Shafiqul Alam Kiron/Save the Children

The Children’s Rights and Business Principles provide your company with a sound framework to achieve your social responsibility commitments. The Principles cover all aspects of sustainability in the workplace, the marketplace, the community, and the environment.

Your business affects the lives of children. Taking children into account in your core business strategy helps to build strong, well-informed and stable communities. These communities can vitally add to a sustainable business environment.

By respecting and supporting children’s rights within your core strategies and operations, your company can strengthen existing corporate sustainability initiatives while ensuring benefits for your business. Such efforts can also build reputation, improve risk management, and secure your ‘social license to operate’.

A commitment to children can also help recruit and maintain a motivated workforce. Supporting employees in their roles as parents and caregivers, and promoting youth employment and talent generation are just some of the concrete actions that your business can undertake. By considering how products and services can better meet children’s needs, your company can be an innovative leader while expanding your market.

The Principles can ultimately help your business meet corporate social responsibility commitments and introduce opportunities to consider children’s role as stakeholders of business.

The Children’s Rights and Business Principles were developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact, and Save the Children and are the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take to respect and support children’s rights.

Download the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.
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