Building Partnerships for the Protection of Children

About the Conference

Global Child Forum, Nedbank, Global Compact Network South Africa and CRES hosted a conference centred on opportunities to build partnerships for the protection of children in Southern Africa. The day included inspiring speakers, engaging workshops on best practices and networking opportunities.

The Global Child Forum on Southern Africa, which took place in Pretoria in September 2015 under the patronage and presence of H.E. Mrs Graça Machel, highlighted the importance of partnerships and the role and opportunity for the corporate sector to address children’s rights. This conference continued the discussions first started at the Forum and followed-up on progress.

The interactive assessment tool, “Children’s Rights and Business Atlas”, explored for the first time in the African region, presented how companies can identify risks to children within industry sectors and regions of operations. Speakers such as Ms Joanne Yawitch, CEO of NBI and Mr Vassi Naidoo, Chairman of Nedbank, elaborated on what business can do to embed a child right’s perspective in their work.

At the Forum in 2015, CRES (The Corporate Responsibility to Eliminate the Sale of Children), in collaboration with Nedbank, was launched and since then the UN Global Compact Network South Africa, and an increasing number of leading companies, have supported this important initiative.

The afternoon was devoted to the CRES initiative and experts shared insights on what needs to be done to combat sexual exploitation of children and the indispensable role of the corporate sector in combatting in this. Afternoon workshops focused on concrete corporate action, tools and best practice to prevent all forms of sexual exploitation.

The event ignited fresh ideas and partnering opportunities for the protection of children.
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Find more information about the Global Child Forum on Southern Africa in 2015 and download the Forum Report, here.

To download the benchmark report: Children’s Rights and the Corporate Sector in Southern Africa, go here.

(Photo credit: Cobus Benade)