The Global Compact and Children’s Rights

On the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Global Compact encourages participants and stakeholders to increase their awareness of this landmark instrument.

Children’s rights are relevant to a number of the Global Compact principles, including principles 1 and 5.  Global Compact principle 1 asks business to respect and support the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.  These include children’s rights.  Global Compact principle 5 asks business to uphold the effective abolition of child labour.

UNICEF has identifed six actions that the private sector can take to advance the principles in the Convention:

  • Develop socially responsible policies and programmes for your workers, their children and communities, and institute broader corporate social responsibility programmes, as well.
  • Declare your shopping mall, gallery, theatre group, restaurant, gym or other business to be a child-friendly space. Allow children’s NGOs and youth groups to use these spaces to express and illustrate 20 years of child rights.
  • Ensure that your workplace is child-friendly by upholding the principles of the Convention there.
  • Introduce the Convention into people’s daily lives by initiating a cause-related marketing programme that promotes specific rights for children while raising funds for UNICEF or a local children’s NGO.
  • Through awards and scholarships, recognize children who are making a positive difference in their communities.
  • Develop and implement codes of conduct and other ethical standards that contain provisions against child labour – including child labour in the supply chain – and against sexual abuse and exploitation in the travel and tourism sectors.

For a summary of the rights under the Convention, visit:  www.unicef.org/crc/files/Rights_overview.pdf
For further ideas of what all types of organizations can do to advance the principles in the Convention, visit   www.unicef.org/rightsite/whatyoucando_335.htm.

For practical guidance on how to tackle the issue of child labour, visit
www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/Labour/Tools_Guidance_Materials.html#child

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