CSR Working Paper - Sustainability reporting on children’s rights

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13 May 2013

Company reporting on child rights - knowing and showing

Author: Daphne de Laleu, Guardian Sustainable Business

The Children's Rights and Business Principles call on business to put in place appropriate policies and processes, as set out in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights including a policy commitment and a due diligence process for addressing the potential and actual human rights impacts of their activities...[UNICEF's] research concluded that reporting and disclosure on children's rights-related issues is, with a few exceptions, significantly underdeveloped and focuses mainly on community investment and child labour. By conducting this research and releasing the CSR children's rights reporting guidance tool in the future, the aim is to provide companies with a child rights-specific reporting framework as well as offer practical advice on how best to report on their implementation of the principles.

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1 December 2012

[PDF] CSR Working Paper - Sustainability reporting on children’s rights

Author: Elizabeth Umlas, for UNICEF

Public reporting will be one way in which stakeholders can and will hold companies accountable for implementing the [UN Children's Rights & Business] Principles. In most cases companies will be expected to integrate children’s rights into existing sustainability reporting in a much more robust way than is done at present. This paper has three aims: [1] To provide an overview of corporate reporting on children’s rights. It points to key gaps in this reporting, underscoring areas UNICEF should consider prioritizing in its dialogue with companies. [2] To lay the groundwork for UNICEF to create reporting guidance that will support the children’s rights principles and be aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). [3] To serve as a discussion starter with GRI and other key stakeholders with whom UNICEF should work in creating reporting guidance, particularly as GRI rolls out its next generation of guidelines, the G4. [Refers to Ballarpur Industries, Banco do Brasil, Banco Sabadell, BicBanco, Campbell Soup, CLP Group, Co-operative Bank (part of Co-operative Group), Gap, H&M, Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International), Kuoni, Mattel, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Walt Disney Company, Xstrata]

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