Business & Children

Business & Children brings together in one place useful information about how companies are impacting children (positively or negatively). The Resource Centre is giving this subject priority because children are considered a vulnerable group, whose rights require particular attention. As the Declaration of the Rights of the Child states and the Convention on the Rights of the Child reiterates: “…the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care.”

Business & Children covers a broad spectrum of issues ranging from child labour to child participation, sexual exploitation to education, to pollution and conflict zones. The content comes from many sources including NGOs, international organizations such as UNICEF and the ILO, governments, journalists, academics, and companies themselves. It features responses by companies to allegations of misconduct, sought and obtained by the Resource Centre. This big issue has a news section, updated round the clock.

Business and Children’s content is mainly in English with some material in Spanish and French. Non-English language content will be built up over time.

Aims

Business & Children has been developed to give practical assistance to people from all sectors in their work and decision-making, leading to better protection of the rights and welfare of children. In particular it aims to assist:

  • companies: by providing guidance tools; examples of good and bad practice
  • children: by raising awareness of the ways business affects their lives, in all regions
  • NGOs: by highlighting their concerns & initiatives; providing information for their research and campaigning
  • governments: information to help them protect against abuses by business; examples of government initiatives
  • media: under-the-radar cases and issues they may want to investigate
  • investors and consumers: information to guide their investment, purchasing decisions

Structure

Business & Children has sections on issues, positive initiatives, alleged abuses, lawsuits and guidance. Within the sections, material is in most instances organised in reverse chronological order, and examples are provided by region. A directory of organizations working on children’s rights is accessible by the homepage. Also featured on the homepage is a special section on the Children’s Rights and Business Principles Initiative, a joint effort by UNICEF, UN Global Compact and Save the Children to develop a set of principles for companies to follow.

Coverage

Business & Children is not comprehensive. We welcome suggestions for additions at any time. For more information on specific companies and topics, please refer to the Resource Centre’s main website.