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Online discussion with UNICEF on how businesses can better assess their impact on children's rights (17 Jan)

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13 February 2013

Child rights: assessing the business impacts - live discussion round up

Author: Hannah Gould, Guardian [UK]

For international companies developing a culture that supports child rights, everything has to start with understanding impacts and aligning your priorities with those of the countries you operate in...[By] first understanding the impact and risk of your business, philanthropic activities can be more strategic [said Milka Pietikainen from Millicom]...Unicef's Viktor Nylund [says] that engaging with children as stakeholders in the due diligence process is challenging and stresses that children must be stakeholders not simply for the sake of it, but to serve their rights and best interests...[Matthias] Leisinger [corporate responsibility vice president for Kuoni] believes the business world understands the relevance of the Principles, but implementation proves the big challenge. The sticking point comes at translating the technical language into business priorities...[but according to Milka Pietikainen] the work Unicef and DIHR are doing to help businesses translate the Principles into assessment tools, is a good start.

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10 January 2013

Child rights: assessing business impacts - live discussion [17 Jan]

Author: Guardian Sustainable Business & UNICEF

The Children’s Rights and Business Principles...[intend] to help companies weave a child rights perspective into their practices...Working with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, UNICEF have developed a checklist that companies can use to measure their implementation of the Principles...[I]n what other ways can business better identify, address and prevent the adverse impacts of their activities on child rights and maximise their positive influences? What policies and practices can be adopted to target the relevant child rights impact areas? How can business move from reactive to pro-active? Join our expert panel on Thursday 17 January, 2-4pm (GMT) to discuss these themes.

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