Principle 9

All business should help protect children affected by emergencies.
Young boy after the storm Haiyan in the Philippines
Storm Haiyan shatters the Philippines. The Ericsson Response provides communications technology to humanitarian relief organizations so that they may facilitate a better and faster response when disaster strikes. The Ericsson team set up mobile networks after the Haiyan storm. Save the Children has a global partnership with the Ericson Response.
Jonathan Hyams/Save the Children

The corporate responsibility to respect includes:

a. Respecting children’s rights in the context of emergencies

Avoid causing or contributing to the infringement of children’s rights in the context of emergencies. Recognize the heightened human rights risk in the context of armed conflict and other emergencies, and undertake human rights due diligence accordingly. Take into account that emergencies can significantly increase the risk of any adverse impact on children’s rights, and that certain groups of children may be more vulnerable, including children with disabilities, displaced, migrant, separated and unaccompanied children and indigenous children, and that girls and boys may be affected in different ways.

The corporate commitment to support includes:

b. Supporting the rights of children affected by emergencies

i. Help protect children whose rights are affected by emergencies by raising awareness among workers and community members of the increased risks of violence, abuse and exploitation of children in such contexts.

ii. Where needed and requested, and in accordance with best practices, support authorities and humanitarian agencies in emergency response. Support should be based on assessed need and within a framework of accountability to affected populations.

iii. Make a positive contribution to sustainable peace and development.

Over 60 million children are affected by conflict or emergencies every year.
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