PRESS RELEASE: Global Child Forum and UNICEF Announce New Release of Platform Assessing Business Impacts on Children

The ‘Children’s Rights and Business Atlas’ empowers business to measure impact on children through risk indicators across 195 countries and territories.

GENEVA, 28 November 2018—Global Child Forum and UNICEF presented the improved and expanded ‘Children’s Rights and Business Atlas’, earlier today during the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.

The Atlas, jointly developed by Global Child Forum and UNICEF, is an online due diligence platform to facilitate understanding of actual and potential business impact on children. Interactive and data- driven, the Atlas helps businesses, investors and industry organisations understand their footprint on children in various capacities; as family members of workers, employees, consumers, and community members.

“The world requires businesses to put the needs and rights of children at the forefront of their decision-making as we cannot achieve child-centred SDGs without businesses,” said Shanelle Hall, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Field Results. “We’ve designed the Atlas to be used by companies to proactively manage actual and potential business impact on children by integrating children’s rights into strategic planning for positive, sustainable change. The Atlas is also a key tool to foster longer-term business sustainability through improved due diligence of children’s human rights provisions.”

The Atlas was developed in alignment with the rights set forth in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the human rights due diligence processes articulated in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) as well as the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBPs) specifically concerning how business can prevent and address risks to child rights and maximise positive business impacts in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community and Environment.

“We initiated the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas in order to equip companies with the knowledge they need to better understand and assess their potential impact on children,” said Paula Guillet de Monthoux, Vice Chairperson, Global Child Forum. “The Atlas will also help companies realise the significant potential they have to generate positive change and maximum benefit for children.”

Access the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas here: www.childrensrightsatlas.org

 

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Founded in 2009 by the Swedish Royal Family, Global Child Forum is a leading forum for children’s rights and business dedicated to innovative thinking, knowledge-sharing and networking. Global Child Forum believes in the power and responsibility of business, working in partnership with all parts of society, to create a prosperous, sustainable and just society for the world’s children. For more information, visit: www.globalchildforum.org.

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For more information, or to make an interview request, please contact:
Dailo Alli Alonso, Communication Manager, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF Tel.: +41 22 909 5706; Email: dalonso@unicef.org

Linda Lodding, Head of Communications, Global Child Forum Tel.: +46 72 387 0248; Email: linda.lodding@globalchildforum.org

About Global Child Forum

Founded in 2009 by the Swedish Royal Family, Global Child Forum is a leading forum for children’s rights and business dedicated to innovative thinking, knowledge-sharing and networking. Global Child Forum believes in the power and responsibility of business, working in partnership with all parts of society, to create a prosperous, sustainable and just society for the world’s children. In addition to forums, Global Child Forum delivers research perspectives, best practices and risk assessment tools designed to unlock opportunities for business to integrate children’s rights into their operations and communities. For more information, please visit: www.globalchildforum.org.

For more information please contact:

Linda Lodding
Head of Communications, Global Child Forum
linda.lodding@globalchildforum.org
+46 72 387 0248