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Corporate Responsibility for Children

Children are everyone's business

UNICEF Canada helps integrate children’s rights into companies’ existing sustainability initiatives while ensuring benefits for business. Addressing children’s rights enhances organizational reputation, better manages risk, and motivates workforces, while playing a part in saving children’s lives.

Government

Governments contribute an enabling and sustainable environment for both businesses and children.

Business

Businesses have direct and indirect impacts on children’s lives through their decisions and operations.

Civil Society

Civil society can influence business impacts on children through community organizations, associations, consultancies, academia, and the media.

Children's rights and business

The Children’s Rights and Business Principles equip businesses to address their impact on the rights and well-being of children. They identify key areas where companies can take action to respect and support children's rights.

Workplace
Marketplace
Community and Environment

Each Principle identifies risks and rights for children

Tools to equip businesses

Use these tools developed by UNICEF to begin integrating children's rights into your policies and due diligence.

Extractive Sector

Canada is home to over half of the world's public mining companies.

Most of Canadian extractive companies' operations are overseas, often encountering the world's most vulnerable children.

Canadian extractive companies have over 8,000 sites in more than 100 countries.

If you work for a company in the extractive sector, please take this quick online survey to assess your current integration of children’s rights in your policies and practices.

  • Sherritt International Corporation

    Canadian mining and energy company Sherritt is integrating children's rights into its:
    • Policies and codes of conduct
    • Risk assessment processes
    • Training for staff, subcontractors and suppliers
    • Support for UNICEF child protection programs
    Read more

  • UNICEF

    UNICEF in Canada and globally is engaging the extractive sector through:
    • Global pilot projects and guidance
    • Individual initiatives with companies, associations and consultancies
    • Sector-wide awareness through working groups and events
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