GOVERNANCE & COLLABORATION - Policies & Commitments

1.1.1 Policies & Commitments: Standards and frameworks

Does the company commit to standards and frameworks which refer to children’s rights?

Scoring options

  • 10 = Yes, the company commits itself to one or several children’s rights specific standards or frameworks.
  • 5 = The company commits itself to standards or guidelines covering broader human rights. Children are not specifically and extensively covered.
  • 0 = No, the company does not commit itself to any relevant human or children’s rights standards, or this information is not publicly available.

Why is this important?

It is important to commit to internationally accepted standards or frameworks that cover children’s rights topics. By committing to international human rights standards concerning children’s rights, companies demonstrate that they acknowledge and support children’s rights and are committing to following established practice and norms in the field.

About the scoring

A score of 10 is given if it is clear from public disclosures that the company is committed to international standards or frameworks that explicitly focus on respect or support for children’s rights:

  • Children’s Rights and Business Principles
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • ILO Convention 138 (Minimum Age Convention – Effective Abolition of Child Labor)
  • ILO Convention 182 (Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention)
  • ILO Core Conventions / Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • UN Global Compact 10 Principles

A score of 5 is given if there is evidence of commitments to international standards or frameworks that cover human rights but does not specifically focus on children:

  • UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals/Global Goals for Sustainable Development
  • Conventions of the ILO – other than those eligible for score 10
  • The International Standard ISO 26000
  • Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI)
  • UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Other similar standards or frameworks

Indicator reference

Children’s Rights and Business Principles:

  • All business should meet their responsibility to respect children’s rights and commit to supporting the human rights of children (Principle 1)

OECD MNE Guidelines:

  • Part 1, Chapter 4, p. 25

OECD DD Guidelines:

  • Chapter 1, p.22, 1.1

ESRS Indicators: MDR-P, S1-1, S2-1, S4-1


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