Principle 10

ALL BUSINESS SHOULD: Reinforce community and government efforts to protect and fulfil children’s rights

“Together we will build a world in which all girls and boys can enjoy childhood – a time of play and learning, in which they are loved, respected and cherished, their rights are promoted and protected, without discrimination of any kind…”

‘A World Fit for Children’, United Nations General Assembly, 11 October 2002

The corporate responsibility to respect includes:

  1. Not undermining government efforts to protect and fulfil children’s rights
    Recognize that respect for the rule of law and the use of responsible business practices, including the payment of taxes to generate revenues, are essential for governments to meet their obligations to protect and fulfil children’s rights.
  2. The corporate commitment to support includes:

  3. Supporting government efforts to protect and fulfil children’s rights.
  4. Undertaking strategic social investment programmes for children
    Contribute to existing programmes or plan and implement social investment programmes in cooperation with governments, civil society and children. Health, education, recreation, child protection and raising awareness of children’s rights have been identified by children and child rights experts as priorities for children.

GOOD PRACTICE: Employees support every child’s right to education
A leading global financial institution has committed to improving education on a global scale and to supporting efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to ensure that every child has access to quality basic education. The employees are the cornerstone of the programme’s success. Since the launch in 2005, company employees have donated their time and money to projects for many local children’s initiatives. The financial institution contributes to their efforts by matching all donations. To date, these efforts have contributed US$13 million for education projects.