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What are the
linkages between
child rights and
business ?
Why human rights of children
should matter to business ?
How can...
WHO IS
A CHILD?
CHILDREN’S
RIGHTS
SURVIVAL
PARTICIPATION PROTECTION
Food Water
Sanitation
Medical Care
Discrimination
AbuseViolence
Exploi...
Why human rights of children
should matter to business?
Direct and indirect interaction between business and children
Children are consumers, family members of employees, young
w...
• Trafficking in Persons Report (2015)
• International NGO reports & international buyers response
• Committee on the Righ...
Child-focused CSR in Thailand
• Child labour
• Education & Scholarships
• Health
• Sport, art and music
projects
• Outings...
• Upper middle income country
• Strong & influential private sector
• Strong government and business bonds
• Export orient...
How can business promote
human rights of children?
THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
(2011) Global benchmark for government and business
to address human r...
• Developed by UNICEF, the UN Global
Compact and Save the Children to
provide companies with guidance and
practical advice...
Responsibility to
RESPECT
means avoiding
infringement of the
human rights of
others, including
children, and
addressing ad...
RESPECT and SUPPORT
Example: Principle 2 – Eliminate Child Labour
Responsibility to Respect:
• Do not employ or use childr...
responsibility
to
RESPECT
commitment
to
SUPPORT
PRINCIPLE 1 – THE FOUNDATION
Example: “Child-Friendly Business” project
Principles 2, 3, 4 - THE WORKPLACE
2 - CHILD LABOUR
3 - YOUNG WORKERS, PARENTS and CAREGIVERS
4 - PROTECTION AND SAFETY OF...
Companies promoting education
of migrant children in Chiang
Mai
Principle 3:
Young workers
A ‘young worker’ is a child above the legal
minimum working age who is involved in
economic act...
Case study: HP and student workers
6 month paid maternity leave @
Dtac
Promoting Breastfeeding @Thai Summit Harness PCL
Principle 3: Family-friendly workplac...
Date of Presentation
©UNICEF/NYHQ2010-1016/OLIVIERASSELIN
Principle 4 : Child Protection and Safety
The Good Space in construction sites
@ Sansiri PLC
5. PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
6. MARKETING AND ADVERTISING
Principle 5, 6 - Marketplace
SMS for families, Guidebook on
digital parenting @ Dtac
Principle 7,8,9,10: Community & the Environment
7. ENVIRONMENT, LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCE
ACQUISITION AND USE
8. SECURITY ...
Mobile library initiative- Mae Hong Son (Ministry of Education,
UNICEF, Tops Supermarket)
Stakeholder
engagement tool
Industry-specific resources
A Discussion Paper on
Developing Child-Friendly
Financial Products and Services
Guideline for ...
Industry-specific resources (2015)
Thank you
For more information visit:
www.unicef.org/csr
Are children your business?
Are children your business?
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Luncheon talks 17 December 2015 by Nazia Ijaz, UNICEF Thailand

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Are children your business?

  1. 1. What are the linkages between child rights and business ? Why human rights of children should matter to business ? How can companies minimize risks and maximize opportunities by implementing the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) ? ARE CHILDREN YOUR BUSINESS ? Luncheon session: Sasin Center for Sustainability Thursday, 17 December 2015
  2. 2. WHO IS A CHILD?
  3. 3. CHILDREN’S RIGHTS SURVIVAL PARTICIPATION PROTECTION Food Water Sanitation Medical Care Discrimination AbuseViolence Exploitation Views Opinion Listen to children Role in society BUSINESS CAN IMPACT ON THESE RIGHTS DEVELOPMENT Education Play Recreation Cultural Activities Standard of Living Nutrition Health Life
  4. 4. Why human rights of children should matter to business?
  5. 5. Direct and indirect interaction between business and children Children are consumers, family members of employees, young workers, community members Children are future skilled workers and productive citizens of the country Business is a key stakeholder in children’s rights Businesses impacts are both positive and negative on children’s rights – workplace, marketplace, community & environment However, children are still invisible and unheard stakeholders in business
  6. 6. • Trafficking in Persons Report (2015) • International NGO reports & international buyers response • Committee on the Rights of the Child Concluding Observations on child rights and business to Thailand - heavy industries, manufacturing, textiles and export agriculture, with a focus on tourism industry’s impact on children Growing international pressure
  7. 7. Child-focused CSR in Thailand • Child labour • Education & Scholarships • Health • Sport, art and music projects • Outings and excursions • Donations
  8. 8. • Upper middle income country • Strong & influential private sector • Strong government and business bonds • Export oriented economy • High Multinational Enterprise (MNE) presence • Attracts nearly 2.5 million migrant workers from neighboring countries • GDP-composition by sector Labour force-by occupation Agriculture: 12.1% Agriculture: 38.2% Industry: 43.6% Industry: 13.6% Services: 44.2% (2013 est.) Services: 48.2 % (2011 est.) Power and role of private sector
  9. 9. How can business promote human rights of children?
  10. 10. THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (2011) Global benchmark for government and business to address human rights State duty to PROTECT Corporate responsibility to RESPECT Rights of victims to access an effective REMEDY
  11. 11. • Developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children to provide companies with guidance and practical advice • Involved global consultations with civil society, children, business, government and more • Recognize specific standards for children's rights and business in the Workplace, Marketplace, Community and Environment • Voluntary, no global sign-on, monitoring and reporting mechanism • Central ideas of respect and support
  12. 12. Responsibility to RESPECT means avoiding infringement of the human rights of others, including children, and addressing adverse human rights impacts Commitment to SUPPORT means voluntary actions that seek to advance human rights, including children’s rights Business risks Business opportunities RESPECT and SUPPORT
  13. 13. RESPECT and SUPPORT Example: Principle 2 – Eliminate Child Labour Responsibility to Respect: • Do not employ or use children in workforce, value chain • Verify all workers are above the minimum age • Prevent children from hazardous work Commitment to Support: • Help address root causes - Raise awareness of child labour and educational alternatives - Partner with peers, communities, civil society, unions, governments - Mobilize cross-sector advocacy efforts
  14. 14. responsibility to RESPECT commitment to SUPPORT PRINCIPLE 1 – THE FOUNDATION
  15. 15. Example: “Child-Friendly Business” project
  16. 16. Principles 2, 3, 4 - THE WORKPLACE 2 - CHILD LABOUR 3 - YOUNG WORKERS, PARENTS and CAREGIVERS 4 - PROTECTION AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN
  17. 17. Companies promoting education of migrant children in Chiang Mai
  18. 18. Principle 3: Young workers A ‘young worker’ is a child above the legal minimum working age who is involved in economic activity and under 18 years old. (Thailand Labour Protection Act B.E. 2541, section 44 -52 on young workers)
  19. 19. Case study: HP and student workers
  20. 20. 6 month paid maternity leave @ Dtac Promoting Breastfeeding @Thai Summit Harness PCL Principle 3: Family-friendly workplace policies
  21. 21. Date of Presentation ©UNICEF/NYHQ2010-1016/OLIVIERASSELIN Principle 4 : Child Protection and Safety
  22. 22. The Good Space in construction sites @ Sansiri PLC
  23. 23. 5. PRODUCTS AND SERVICES 6. MARKETING AND ADVERTISING Principle 5, 6 - Marketplace
  24. 24. SMS for families, Guidebook on digital parenting @ Dtac
  25. 25. Principle 7,8,9,10: Community & the Environment 7. ENVIRONMENT, LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCE ACQUISITION AND USE 8. SECURITY SERVICES AND PERSONNEL 9. ARMED CONFLICT, NATURAL DISASTERS AND EMERGENCIEES 10. GOVERNMENT TAXATION AND CORRUPTION FREE PRACTICES, GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
  26. 26. Mobile library initiative- Mae Hong Son (Ministry of Education, UNICEF, Tops Supermarket)
  27. 27. Stakeholder engagement tool
  28. 28. Industry-specific resources A Discussion Paper on Developing Child-Friendly Financial Products and Services Guideline for ICT Industry on Online Child Protection
  29. 29. Industry-specific resources (2015)
  30. 30. Thank you For more information visit: www.unicef.org/csr

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