CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA AT GLOBAL COMPACT+15 (23 JUNE 2015, UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY) / How will the Children’s Rights and Business Principles make a difference in the lives of children? What do you aim to achieve with these Principles?

Children are impacted by business in a multitude of ways, directly and indirectly. The Principles call on business to recognize children as stakeholders so that their interests are given explicit consideration when business takes decisions and actions that affect children. Overall, the incidence of negative impacts of business on children should thus be reduced and positive impacts should be enhanced. Among many other outcomes, we expect that the Principles will help business develop more effective policies and practices to:

  • meet their responsibility to respect children’s rights and commit to supporting the human rights of children
  • contribute to the elimination of child labour, including in all business activities and business relationships
  • provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers
  • ensure the protection and safety of children in all business activities and facilities
  • ensure that products and services are safe, and seek to support children’s rights through them
  • use marketing and advertising that respect and support children’s rights
  • respect and support children’s rights in relation to the environment and to land acquisition and use
  • respect and support children’s rights in security arrangements
  • help protect children affected by emergencies
  • reinforce community and government efforts to protect and fulfil children’s rights

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