Children’s Rights in Impact Assessments

Who’s behind it? – UNICEF, Danish Institute for Human Rights (2013)


How can it help? – This tool provides guidance for companies on assessing their policies and processes as they relate to the responsibility to respect and commitment to support children’s rights. It can be used to integrate child rights considerations into ongoing assessments of overall human rights impacts, as outlined in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Specifically, it offers a number of criteria that companies can use both to review critical areas of potential or actual impact on children’s rights, and identify actions for improvement. Guidance on specific actions a company can take to address the identified risks to children is provided throughout the tool.

Use this tool to:

  • Examine company policies and processes to determine whether they effectively address potential or actual impacts on children’s rights
  • Integrate children’s rights criteria into wider social, environmental and human rights impact assessments.
  • Carry out a stand-alone child rights impact assessment.
  • Find guidance on specific actions a company can take to address identified risks or opportunities.

The tool is available in English, Spanish and French.

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