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What does child rights have to do with businesses? Business may be about products, profit margins, investors, and innovation but the sector is one of the most influential to the implementation of child rights. Almost all business activities no matter how small or large, have direct or indirect interaction with children and youth and taking a child rights approach to business can actually lead to improved product/service development, customer relations, employee satisfaction, operational efficiency and effectiveness, and long-term sustainability.

Children and youth are influential consumers who will also be future employees, employers, business leaders, policy makers, and investors. Child rights are not only for government and social services; it is your business too!

Do economic shifts impact people’s willingness to support and implement child rights?

What is the long-term financial cost of not implementing child rights today?

How often do you consider children and youth when making a business decision?

5 things you can do

  1. Think about all the ways your business interacts directly and indirectly with children and youth
  2. Learn about child rights and share what you learn with your co-workers
  3. Review your current policies and practices and develop a plan of action to make improvements to ensure compliance with child rights
  4. Strengthen your business by creating a child and youth friendly environment (link to SCY CYFC resource) (i.e. stroller and wheel chair accessible public spaces, change tables in men and women’s washrooms, play areas, etc…)
  5. Ask your business associates what they are doing about supporting child rights

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