Decent work

“Pay our parents adequately so that children do not have to drop out of school.”

This statement by 13-year old boy from India frames the issue of decent work and it’s impact on children.  According to the Children’s Rights and Business Principle #3, “All business should provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers.“ The corporate responsibility to protect includes providing decent work for young workers, being responsive to the vulnerability of young workers above the minimum age for work, and providing decent working conditions that support workers, both women and men, in their roles as parents or caregivers.  Read more about the CRBP #3.

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Corporate Responses to Protecting Children's Rights in South America

In an effort to provide insights and guidance on how businesses protect – or fall short in protecting – children’s rights in South America, this report draws on one of Global Child Forum’s essential research products ‘The corporate sector and children’s rights benchmark’. More specifically, insights are provided across three areas where the corporate sector impacts children’s rights: The Workplace, The Marketplace, The Community and the Environment. In 2017, Global Child Forum, in partnership with Boston Consulting Group, published a benchmark study of the 300 largest companies in the region. This report is a follow-up to that study. An updated benchmark analysis has been conducted on 20 of the region’s largest companies.

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Norsk Hydro Brazil's journey towards social responsibility

Norsk Hydro entered Brazil in 2011 with a long history of fostering healthy communities that grew up around its operations in Norway. The company therefore had no small sense of the responsibilities of being an actor with an enormous impact on the lives of its workers and neighbours. The difficult history and operating environment of the Amazon region, however, challenge Hydro’s commitment to go “beyond compliance” to make a positive difference – particularly with regard to vulnerable populations, including children. This case study is no. 3 in a series of company reflections for Global Child Forum on how companies address children’s rights and child-related issues. All our reports and case studies can be found in our Knowledge Center.

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