Practical guidance

 

This page features guidance specifically on children’s rights - for business and others.  For further guidance on a range of business & human rights issues, including access to medicines, security & conflict zones, indigenous rights, the rights to food, see the Resource Centre’s Tools & Guidance Portal.


General

Children’s Rights & Business Principles
UNICEF, UN Global Compact, Save the Children

UN General Comment on state obligations regarding the impact of the business sector on children’s rights
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF tools on children's rights & business


Policy Brief: Shared Value - How can large businesses contribute to the post-2015 agenda?

Save the Children UK, Nov 2012

Children’s participation in Corporate Social Responsibility
Save the Children, 2010

Your company can help protect children’s rights.
International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBRC)


Child labour & supply chain

Child Labour Platform
UN Global Compact, international Employers Organisation and International Trade Unions Confederation

Action plan for companies to combat child labour
Stop Child Labour – School is the Best Place to Work, 2012

Toolkit to address child labour in the agricultural sector in Egypt
Save the Children 2011

Business and child labour
International Labour Organization, 1 Sep 2010

Understanding Children’s Work (UCW) website
ILO, UNICEF, World Bank
Collaborative project providing information and research, including a country-specific database.

Child labour
Human Rights & Business Dilemmas Forum (UN Global Compact, Maplecroft)

A Risky Business? Managing core labour standards in company supply chains
EIRIS, 17 Dec 2009
Outline of core ILO labour standards on child labour, analyses sectors and countries with particular risk of breach, case examples including Gap and Primark.

The labour principles of the UN Global Compact – A guide for business
ILO, Dec 2008 (pages 27-29 are on principle 5 of the UN Global Compact, “Uphold the effective abolition of child labour”)

Eliminating Child Labour: Guides for Employers
ILO and International Organisation of Employers, 2007

Rooting out child labour from cocoa farms
Intl. Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC-ILO), 2007

Tackling hazardous child labour in agriculture - Guidance on policy and practice
Intl. Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC-ILO), 2006

Overview of child labour monitoring
ILO, 2005

Good Practice Note – Addressing Child Labor in the Workplace and Supply Chain
IFC, 2002


Pregnancy discrimination

Safe maternity and the world of work
International Labour Organization


Sexual exploitation

Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism
"An industry driven responsible tourism initiative in collaboration with ECPAT International, funded by UNICEF and supported by the UNWTO"

Child sex tourism – what you can do about it
Yeoh Siew Hoon, Asian Correspondent, (Interview with Giorgi Berardi, Project Officer to Combating CST, ECPAT International), 8 Jun 2010
ECPAT, Nov 2008

Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism (child and youth version)
ECPAT, Nov 2009

Protecting children from sexual exploitation in tourism: An ECPAT Training resource kit 
ECPAT, 2008

Combating Child Sex Tourism: Questions & Answers
ECPAT, 2008 (See page 24)

Sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in tourism

Lessons Learned and Good Practices on Working with the Private Sector to Combat Child Sex Tourism and Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation


Trafficking

Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism
"An industry driven responsible tourism initiative in collaboration with ECPAT International, funded by UNICEF and supported by the UNWTO"

Human trafficking and business: Good practices to prevent and combat human trafficking

UN.GIFT, 2010

Training manual to fight trafficking in children for labour, sexual and other forms of exploitation
ILO, UNICEF, UN.GIFT., 2009


Español

Las empresas y el trabajo infantil
Organización Internacional del Trabajo, 1 septiembre 2010

Eliminación del trabajo infantil: Guías para empleadores
Organización Internacional del Trabajo, 2007

Nota sobre prácticas recomendadas : Tratamiento del trabajo infantil en el lugar de trabajo y la cadena de suministro Corporación Internacional Financiera, 2002


Français

Le travail des enfants
Organisation Internationale du Travail, 1 septembre 2010

Éliminer le travail des enfants: guides à l'intention des employeurs
Organisation Internationale du Travail, 2007

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24 June 2010

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

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[PDF] Human Trafficking and Business: Good Practices to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking

Author: United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT)

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17 December 2009

[PDF] A Risky Business? Managing core labour standards in company supply chains

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[PDF] Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism: Child and Youth Version

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Training manual to fight trafficking in children for labour, sexual and other forms of exploitation

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[PDF] The Labour Principles of the United Nations Global Compact: A Guide for Business

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1 November 2008

[PDF] Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents in Tourism

Author: Muireann O'Brian, Milena Grillo & Helia Barbosa, ECPAT

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Lessons Learned and Good Practices on Working with the Private Sector to Combat Child Sex Tourism and Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation

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