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Conference on Children’s Rights and Business Principles discusses implementation of principles & best practices (Brussels, 3 Dec)

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3 December 2012

Agenda

Author: UN Global Compact, UNICEF, Save the Children

Both as a vulnerable group, but also as important change agents and our future, children are a key stakeholder of businesses. It is in everyone’s interest that their well being is ensured, and that the world they grow up in will be a sustainable one. This Forum will provide an opportunity for business leaders and other stakeholders to explore how their decisions can maximize the positive impacts and minimize the negative impacts on children. Additionally the event will look specifically at how businesses can advance children’s rights. How businesses can best implement the Children’s Rights and Business Principles will be underscored throughout. [Refers to Solvay, BVBA32, Rosy Blue NV, Studio 100, SNCB, GlaxoSmithKline, VBO (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium), BASF-Deloitte, IKEA, Telenet, Ferrero]

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3 December 2012

Conference ‘children’s rights and business’: opening remarks by Minister Reynders

Author: Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN in New York

[The] “Children’s rights and Business principles”....will be at the core of the discussion of the conference today... It will be a major opportunity to hear experts who will explain how companies can implement these principles and why they should do it...But we should also recognize that it is sometimes quite difficult for a company to ensure that its supply chain is totally free of any risk...Companies should not automatically and systematically been blamed for any problem that would arise in their supply chain. But of course, the more attentive these companies will be to the issue, the better children’s rights will be protected.

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Author: Benoit Doppagne, Le Vif [Belgique]

Plusieurs…entreprises établies en Belgique participaient…à un…forum sur le respect des droits des enfants dans les principes d'affaires…[U]ne septantaine d'entreprises…cherchent..à respecter dix principes édictés par le Pacte mondial des Nations unies, en coopération avec l'Unicef et l'ONG Save The Children…Outre la prise en considération des menaces qui pèsent sur les enfants, les entreprises peuvent aussi envisager des opportunités dans leurs relations commerciales…Le ministre des Affaires étrangères…a…insisté sur le rôle du commerce et de l'intégration économique dans le progrès de la démocratie et des droits humains à l'échelle mondiale. Il a aussi souligné que la détection des atteintes aux droits de l'enfant dans les entreprises était une responsabilité partagée entre celles-ci et les pouvoirs publics.

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3 December 2012

Presentations

Author: United Nations Global Compact Network Belgium

MORNING: Wouter Vermeulen, Kauri – “What smart collaboration can bring to the table”...- Elda Moreno, Council of Europe – “Progress for and with children in Europe”...- Amit Bhansali, Rosy Blue NV...– “The business case for mainstreaming children’s rights”...- Yves Willemot, Unicef Belgium – “The state of the world’s children”...AFTERNOON:- Harry Everaerts, Ernst & Young – “Status of reporting practices in Belgium”...- Bo Viktor Nylund, Unicef – “Implementing the children’s rights and business principles”...- Luc Van Liedekerke, Antwerp Management School – “An explorative survey on the perception of children’s rights in business”...- Olivier Baraille, Ikea Belgium – “for the most important people in the world”...- Marina De Moerloze, Telenet Foundation – “Giving the children a “digital” voice”...- Francesca Poggiali, Ferrero – “Implementing the children’s rights and business principles in practice”...- Koen Gonnissen, Mentally Fit – “Using the metaphor of sports to unlock the unique talents of every child in the world”

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