Respect for children’s rights is the minimum required of business. Actions to support children’s rights are strongly encouraged even if not required. Each principle in the Children’s Rights and Business Principles lays out actions to respect children’s rights and actions to support children’s rights.

The corporate responsibility to respect means avoiding any infringement of the human rights of others, including children, and addressing any adverse human rights impact with which the business is involved. The corporate responsibility to respect applies to the business’s own activities and to its business relationships, linked to its operations, products or services.

The corporate commitment to support means that, in addition to respecting human rights, business can consider voluntary actions that seek to advance human rights, including children’s rights. This can be achieved through core business activities, strategic social investments and philanthropy, advocacy and public policy engagement, and through partnerships and other forms of collective action.

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