UNICEF urges businesses to uphold children’s rights


MANILA – The United Nations Children’s Fund on Tuesday released a set of guidelines for businesses to uphold children’s rights.

The 10 Children’s Rights and Business Principles prescribes the “full range of actions they can take to respect and support children’s rights in the workplace, the marketplace and the community,” according to a briefer posted on the UNICEF’s website.

A Philippine launch is scheduled in Makati City on Wednesday.

“We want them to look inwards, at their businesses, and ask themselves questions on how they can respect, promote, and protect children in different aspects of their businesses, whether it is with their staff, with their employees, their product, or their sort of marketing, or their locale,” UNICEF Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander told ANC’s Headstart.

Under the UNICEF guidelines, businesses should:

– Meet their responsibility to respect children’s rights and commit to supporting the human rights of children.

– Contribute to the elimination of child labor, including in all business activities and business relationships.

– Provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers.

– Ensure the protection and safety of children in all business activities and facilities.

– Ensure that products and services are safe, and seek to support children’s rights through them.

– Use marketing and advertising that respect and support children’s rights. 

– Respect and support children’s rights in relation to the environment and to land acquisition and use.

– Respect and support children’s rights in security arrangements.

– Help protect children affected by emergencies.

– Reinforce community and government efforts to protect and fulfill children’s rights.

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