Children's Rights and Business Workbook

September 2020

Children's Rights and Business Workbook

Although considerable efforts have been undertaken by many businesses to respect children’s rights, obstacles remain. Numerous companies, for example, are uncertain as to how to begin addressing the issue of children’s rights. Global Child Forum has therefore developed this workbook for businesses to use at the outset of their children’s rights journey as well as for those looking to advance work already underway.

The workbook has been written in alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBPs). Other guidance and best practice are referenced and made available as needed to help the reader gain clarity on how to implement children’s rights in the corporate agenda.

We hope that this guide will not only inform and inspire, but also equip business leaders and sustainability professionals with tools to take action – action to ensurethat children’s rights are respected and supported by businesses across the world.

What is good for children, is good for business.

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Chapter by chapter

1. Define

2. Learn

3. Commit

4. Act

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Words from Lindéngruppen

“Business has a huge impact on children’s lives. However it can be difficult to know where to start, so we pledged to create a guide for how to incorporate children’s voices into our group of businesses. We collaborated with Global Child Forum and Boston Consulting Group to develop this Workbook on how to implement a children’s rights perspective. It has provided us with a roadmap that we hope will enable many other companies to start working with children’s rights.”  / Jenny Lindén Urnes,  Lindéngruppen

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The Children´s Rights and Business Workbook

Case study; Bayer mitigating root causes of child labour

Mitigating root causes of child labour

Bayer is a German multinational life science company with global headquarter in Leverkusen. The company is comprised of three divisions – Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health and Crop Science. All three divisions operate globally and engage with numerous subcontractors. The company has a vision expressed by the phrase, “Health for all, hunger for none” as they focus on delivering innovations in healthcare and agriculture. Bayer is guided in fulfilling this vision through its corporate purpose, “Science for a better life”. Bayer’s vision and purpose indicate that the company strives to create societal good within their core business. During the last two decades, Bayer has experienced incidents of child labour in their indirect supply chain, mainly in India among suppliers of seed. In an effort to address these serious incidences, Bayer went beyond policy and initiated its own action program called the Child Care Program (CCP). Established in 2007, the Program is comprehensive, consisting of structured measures to address and act on child labour, including supporting children who are victims of child labour. Since the implementation of its Child Care Program, Bayer has made several advancements within the area of child labour, where they have managed to influence their value chain in India positively by addressing and acting on the issues related to child labour. Download our case study to learn more.  

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Covid-19 Snapshot

In the midst of work on The State of Children’s Rights and Business in Southeast Asia 2020 the global pandemic of COVID-19 hit, and while we were analysing annual reports for 2019, the situation in real time changed rapidly. As the Global Child Forum benchmark is based on publicly available information primarily covering annual year 2019, those information sources are unlikely to acknowledge the impact that the pandemic is having on operations or their responses to it, including those policies that protect children. This report, jointly written by the Global Child Forum and ELEVATE, attempts an overview of how COVID-19 is impacting the Southeast Asia region, including its impacts on children—while being cognizant of the fact that this is a multi-faceted issue that is still very much in flux.

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