Principle 4

All business should ensure the protection and safety of children in all business activities and facilities.
Young man who has lost both of his hands
Aung Myint Tan from Burma was 17 when he lost both of his hands while working under harsh conditions at a Thai sewing-thread factory. It is common for young people in Burma to go to Thailand or China for work, but training and security in these factories is inadequate.
Paul Hansen/Save the Children

The corporate responsibility to respect includes:

a. Addressing safety and protection risks to children’s rights posed by business facilities and staff in the course of business activities

i. Ensure that company facilities are not used to abuse, exploit or harm children.

ii. Ensure that potentially dangerous areas of company facilities do not pose a safety threat to children, during or outside business hours.

iii. Make clear to staff that the business’s zero tolerance policy for violence, exploitation and abuse applies in all business activities, even when conducted away from business facilities.

iv. Take appropriate action when concerns of possible violence, exploitation or abuse arise.

v. Ensure that young workers above the minimum age for work are protected from hazardous work. 

The corporate commitment to support includes:

b. Developing and implementing a child protection code of conduct

Develop a child protection code of conduct for business operations. Ensure awareness of and ongoing training on the code of conduct. Recommend that a child protection code of conduct be developed by others linked to the business’soperations, products or services through a business relationship.

Business’ facilities should never be used to abuse, exploit or harm children.
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