“The Children’s Rights and Business Principles are an important effort to explore the implications of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for the human rights of children. Children are among the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society, and can be disproportionately, severely and permanently impacted by business activities, operations and relationships.”

Professor John Ruggie, former UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights

“We are not the sources of problems; we are the resources that are needed to solve them. We are not expenses; we are investments. We are not just young people; we are people and citizens of this world.”

From ‘A World Fit for Us’, Message from the Children’s Forum, 5-7 May 2002, United Nations Special Session on Children

“It is important that businesses work… to better understand human rights and the implications their actions have over people’s lives.”

Young person in Paraguay, Children’s Consultation for the Children’s Rights and Business Principles Initiative, 2011

“Childhood is the mirror in which society can see its own future.”

Cecilia Rena, Arcor Group

“Sustainability is most fundamentally about making the world a better place for the next generation.  These Principles are therefore at the very heart of sustainability.”

Charlotte Ersbøll, Novo Nordisk

“I call on business leaders everywhere to embrace the spirit of the Principles.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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Developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children
the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (the Principles) are the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to respect and support children’s rights. While the business and human rights agenda has evolved significantly in recent years, a child rights perspective has not yet been explicitly addressed.

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Business Practice

Children’s Rights and Business Principles: Good Practices Per Principle (UN Global Compact, 2012-2015)

This document provides examples of how companies can put into practice each of the Children’s Principles. The examples are real-life practices undertaken by companies to respect and support children’s rights. While the examples have not been formally vetted, they are intended to raise awareness of the many ways in which business can maximize their positive impacts and minimize their negative impacts on children.


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    Meet their responsibility to respect children’s rights and commit to supporting the human rights of children

  • 2

    Contribute to the elimination of child labour, including in all business activities and business relationships

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    Provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers

  • 4

    Ensure the protection and safety of children in all business activities and facilities

  • 5

    Ensure that products and services are safe, and seek to support children’s rights through them

  • 6

    Use marketing and advertising that respects and support children’s rights

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    Respect and support children’s rights in relation to the enviroment and to land acquisition and use

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    Respect and support children’s rights in security arrangements

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    Help protect children affected by emergencies

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    Reinforce community and government efforts to protect and fulfill children’s rights