[PDF] Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in China - New 2014 edition

Author: CCR CSR, Published on: 10 April 2014

China is home to 220 million children under the age of 14, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. ..China’s minors fall into various categories, with children left behind by migrant parents forming a substantial proportion. Other vulnerable groups include “juvenile workers” (those aged between 16 - 18 who can legally work but are subject to special conditions), “student workers” (who must intern at a factory during their final year at secondary vocational school), and orphans. It is therefore imperative that Chinese businesses and lawmakers make adequate provisions to protect the youngest and most vulnerable members of society... Unfortunately, this remains an underdeveloped topic in Chinese discourse despite advances in the development of related laws, guidelines and measures...Mandates on the penalties of abusing child rights and guidelines on how to deal with child workers have been published and hundreds of thousands of factories have received internationa lly recognized certificates regarding human rights in the workplace. But with a large number child labour cases going unreported, there is still much room for strengthening the integration of child rights in CSR practices in China.

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