UN Guiding Principles key to help eliminate child labour in tobacco, says foundation

Author: Innocent Mugwagwa, ECLT Foundation, Published on: 3 February 2015

"What the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) Means for Children", 27 Jan 2015

In December 2014, ECLT's members signed a...Pledge of Commitment that refers to the UN Guiding Principles and Human Rights (UNGPs) as one of the key...frameworks to guide their efforts to eliminate child labour in tobacco sourcing supply chains...Children's rights are a core component of human rights, and as such are also covered by the UNGPs framework...[C]hildren use products and services of business on a daily basis, and often interface with business activities; as users, consumers, members of families and communities, and sometimes as workers. Therefore, it is essential that the...expectations of business with regards to children's rights are clarified and grounded in...international law...[T]he UNGPs...also...provid[e] a framework for businesses to know and show that they respect children's rights across their operations...

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