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Children's rights: why businesses should care more for children

Author: Annabel Short, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in Guardian [UK], Published on: 15 March 2012

[E]xamples demonstrate that almost every company has an impact on children...[M]any companies keep their initiatives to support children separate from their core business activities…[A] mining firm might highlight its investment in schools around its mines in its corporate responsibility report, but fail to address the local community's concerns about children made ill by contaminated water supplies...This week UNICEF, Save the Children and the UN Global Compact launched their "children's rights and business principles"…[T]he UN committee on the rights of the child will be developing a "general comment on the rights of the child and the business sector"…While a CSR or philanthropic approach tends to be top-down, with the company deciding which issues it wishes to address, human rights start from the perspective of the individuals who are affected by a company's operations…Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launched an information hub on the subject…[refers to Pfizer, Stanford Equity bank]

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