CSR and Unicef 

Children are an important stakeholder for business - as consumers, family members of employees, young workers, and as future employees and business leaders. Almost every business activity can leave a footprint on children’s lives - whether through employment conditions of parents, product safety, marketing practices or environmental impact.

For Unicef, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to positively changing business practices to better respect and support children’s rights. To achieve this change, we collaborate with companies, government, civil society, children and young people.

At Unicef UK we have a dedicated unit that works with relevant stakeholders to realise our vision of the private sector as a driver of positive change for children.

Read more about CSR and Unicef

The Children's Rights and Business Principles 

Children are more vulnerable than adults and need specific support to guarantee their human rights are upheld. Companies need to add a specific child rights focus to their human rights due diligence to ensure that the right action is taken to address their impact. In collaboration with the UN Global Compact and Save the Children, Unicef has developed the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP ). The principles are aligned with and bring a child rights lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and offer companies practical advice on the actions they can take to respect and support children’s rights.

Unicef has also created a range of tools to guide companies through integrating child rights into the process of human rights due diligence, including:

Contact us about child rights and business

If you are interested in learning more about our work on CSR and the Children's Rights and Business Principles, please don't hesitate to contact us

Charity corporate partners and corporate social responsibility. Photo: Unicef/2008/Pirozzi
In Guinea-Bissau, a girl stands in her home in Cansate Village, near Bissau, the capital. Children’s rights are an essential investment in our sustainable future.Photo: Unicef/2008/Pirozzi