Guardian & UNICEF "Giving Children a Voice in Business" week features editorials, media, youth essays, live discussions

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25 November 2013

Can businesses offer children a public voice?

Author: Bo Viktor Nylund, UNICEF, on Guardian Sustainable Business (UK)

Children don't traditionally have a say in businesses that tend to adopt a 'do-no harm' approach, but the Children's Rights and Business Principles may encourage a more invested approach...[T]he Children's Rights and Business Principles emphasise that business should engage in "meaningful consultation with children and other potentially affected groups and relevant stakeholders. It should take into account that girls and boys may face different risks."...To make sure that business activities will not adversely affect children's rights, companies should ensure that stakeholder consultation processes consider the rights of the child and, where relevant, consult directly with children...By giving children a voice in business decision-making processes, companies can build momentum to enhance not only the value of their core business, but build a meaningful legacy for the next generation.[Refers to IKEA, ING, Kuoni, Lego, Mastercard]

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25 November 2013

Guardian & UNICEF "Giving Children a Voice in Business" week features editorials, media, youth essays, live discussions

Author: UNICEF & Guardian Sustainable Business

Building on what it means for businesses to respect and support children’s rights, the Guardian Sustainable Business in collaboration with UNICEF’s CSR Unit is dedicating an entire week from (November the 25th to the 29th) to the following theme: Giving Children a Voice in Business. Each day, the Guardian will feature perspectives and opinion from business and sustainability leaders engaged in this topic, journalists, children and youth as well as UNICEF staff from different regions. Through a mix of editorial and multimedia content including articles, visuals, an on-line live discussion and entries from a Youth writing contest jointly organized with Voices of Youth. You will be able to tackle the opportunities and challenges businesses may face when engaging with children as stakeholders, and how UNICEF and companies work together on the broader questions around children’s right to participation.

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25 November 2013

How can companies engage with children and young people?

Author: Liza Ramrayka, Guardian Sustainable Business (UK)

Children and young people are key stakeholders in business and can offer unique insights. But finding the balance between participation and protection is vital...Emma Rea...founder of [a] brand and innovation consultancy...believes there is a strong business case for involving children's voices in the design of new buildings and services...Organisations should see participation by children as a strategic asset and not a "tick-the-box" exercise, says San Martin [of Plan International]...Rea agrees that organisations should be sensitive around age and privacy issues, but adds: "As soon as children can offer a point of view or preference for things, then we should take their views on board. This is not just an altruistic vision, but a pragmatic one." [Refers to B&Q (part of Kingfisher) , Lego]

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