UNICEF on how firms can promote children’s rights in global supply chains


UNICEF has recently released various items focusing on children’s rights in global supply chains, featuring new perspectives and opinions from business and sustainability leaders, journalists, children and youth as well as UNICEF staff from different regions.  Below is a selection.  Please click here to access all the content.

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21 January 2015

"What companies can do to promote respect and support for children’s rights" - UNICEF

Author: Subajini Jayasekaran and Chris Kip, UNICEF, in Guardian (UK)

[M]ore than 168 million children are still suffering [in child labour] worldwide...[in sectors including] agriculture, services and manufacturing...[P]oor working conditions [for women] and lack of maternity rights can...[also] directly affect their children's lives and wellbeing...Unicef will launch a set of innovative projects in 2015 to further promote respect and support for children's rights in global supply chains...[with] pilot projects in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors... [refers to positive steps by Millicom, Marshalls (UK), Ikea]

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19 January 2015

How business affects children in global supply chains - in pictures

Author: UNICEF, in Guardian (UK)

The ILO estimates that worldwide, 115 million children are engaged in hazardous work…It constitutes one of the worst forms of child labour, and is prevalent in industries such as agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing and services. The number of children killed at work is believed to stand at 22,000 each year. There is no data on the number of children suffering injuries and sickness at work. Numerous products that involve hazardous child labour can end up in global supply chains, including agricultural produce, minerals and manufactured goods…Companies have an important role to play in promoting decent employment for young workers…Companies can support families by providing fair employment terms and decent working conditions, including an adequate living wage…

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