[PDF] Children's Rights and the Corporate Sector: Setting a Benchmark

Author: Global Child Forum & BCG, Published on: 8 April 2014

The study assesses how more than 1,000 publicly listed companies in eight industry sectors address and report on children’s rights. The industry sectors included in the study were those with high exposure to children’s rights issues: Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Travel & Tourism, Basic Materials, Industrial Goods, Oil & Gas and Healthcare. 4 Using a research framework based on nine indicators we systematically assessed publicly available information. The study shows that reporting levels vary with geography and industry sector. European companies in general scored the highest and on industry sector level the Consumer Goods and Food & Beverage industries have the strongest reporting results..Although the business and human rights perspective is increasingly being address ed by the corporate sector and more and more companies address child labour, the number of companies that address other issues related to children’s rights is not very high...Only 1% of the companies address The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and 1% address The Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

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