CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA AT GLOBAL COMPACT+15 (23 JUNE 2015, UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY) / What were the key themes emerging from the feedback process, especially from business?

All documentation on the Consultations is now available on the Business & Children Portal of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

The consultation sought feedback on (a) the draft Principles, their structure and contents; and (b) suggestions for post-release implementation and activities.

The overall feedback has been positive, reaffirming the value of the initiative, while also providing many valuable suggestions. The Steering Committee has sought to address as many suggestions, concerns and comments as possible, though it is recognized that it is not possible to do full justice to everyone’s contributions and opinions.

Selected comments which were received in particular from business include:

  • alignment with the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
  • request for guidance on implementation including good practise and case studies;
  • value of a business case;
  • need to distinguish clearly actions which entail ‘respect for children’s rights’ and represent minimum standards of conduct; and actions which are not required but where businesses can go beyond to support global action for children’s rights; and
  • thematic feedback on specific principles, for example on child labour, marketing and advertising, etc.

The full report is available online.

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