Children make up almost a third of the world’s population and interplay with business as consumers, employees’ family members and workers. They are a unique stakeholder group in local communities as well as in the society at large: children have specific vulnerabilities and needs, and in some cases, business activities that have no negative impact on adults may be very harmful to children’s rights and well-being.
Investors have a critical role in shaping and influencing corporate actions relating to human rights including children’s rights, but in an investor landscape of proliferating human rights and sustainability initiatives, children have little prominence on the agenda. While few would admit to knowingly neglecting this stakeholder group, investors’ human rights policies and other due diligence rarely take into account the special considerations around children. However, the standard approach may not sufficiently identify, let alone mitigate, the related risks, and the failure to manage such risks or to identify child-related opportunities can have material consequences to companies and investments alike.
GES and UNICEF are pleased to invite investors to review and comment on the draft Investor Guidance for Children’s Rights Integration which has been developed to help investors consider children’s rights in their analysis and engagement. The document outlines both expectations on the investors and investor expectations for the companies.
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